BUSINESS LIVE: Energy price gap rises; Virgin Money profits slump; Jet2 sales soar

LIVE By Live Commentary Updated: 08:26 GMT, 23 November 2023 The FTSE 100 is up 0.2 per cent in early trading. Among the companies with reports and trading updates today are Virgin Money, Jet2, Motorpoint, Weir Group, FirstGroup, Mitie Group and Hornby. Read the Thursday 23 November Business Live blog below. > If you are … Read more

Meat producer Cranswick posts very healthy results

Cranswick’s sales increased to £1.25bn in the six months ending 23 September  Turnover was boosted by price and volume growth across its core categories The firm supplies major British supermarkets, such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s By Harry Wise Updated: 18:16 GMT, 21 November 2023 Meat producer Cranswick has raised its annual guidance following a bumper … Read more

Vodafone profits plunge after disposals and FX movements

The telecoms giant reported first-half operating profits fell by 44.2% to €1.7bn Its organic service revenue rose thanks to solid results across the UK and Africa Vodafone sold its Vantage Towers, Hungarian and Ghanaian divisions last year By Harry Wise Updated: 16:11 GMT, 14 November 2023 Vodafone Group’s first-half profits plummeted as the telecoms group … Read more

Safestyle UK ‘likely’ to be liquidated

The Bradford-based company revealed that liquidation is ‘likely to be required’ Earlier this week, it revealed approximately 680 employees had lost their jobs By Daniel Fessahaye Updated: 16:11 GMT, 3 November 2023 Safestyle UK directors will ‘likely’ place the firm into liquidation after the retailer collapsed into administration earlier this week.   The Bradford-based company told … Read more

Barclays’ profits slip on investment banking weakness

Barclays revealed pre-tax profits of £1.9bn for the quarter ending September  Its total income fell to £6.3bn due partly to the impact of merging two divisions The firm’s earnings were further dragged down by rising operating expenses By Harry Wise Updated: 16:34 BST, 24 October 2023 Barclays’ third-quarter profits fell narrowly following a slowdown in … Read more

OnTheMarket agrees £99m takeover as it takes fight to Rightmove

Rightmove shares fell over 12% following the update by OnTheMarket  OnTheMarket shares rose over 50% following its deal announcement   By Jane Denton Updated: 15:56 BST, 19 October 2023 OnTheMarket shares surged by more than half on Thursday after the group revealed it had agreed to be taken over by US commercial real estate information group … Read more

AutoNation drops out of Pendragon takeover battle

Pendragon shares slumped 8.7% following the announcement by AutoNation  Hedin Mobility Group and Penske also recently dropped out of the bidding race Now, AutoNation’s withdrawal leaves Lithia’s offer the only one still on the table By Harry Wise Updated: 15:19 BST, 18 October 2023 Motor retailer AutoNation has pulled out of the race to acquire … Read more