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M&S trading update: what the analysts say
Sales rose slightly in clothing and homewares, the first increase in more than four years. Here's what the experts think. Sales in clothing and homewares rose at M&S.
CompaniesM&S share rise accelerates to new 7-year high  Financial Times
M&S boosted by clothing sales rise  Bournemouth Echo
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Bishop and baroness join Banking Standards Board
The Banking Standard Board aims to restore trust in the scandal hit UK banking sector. Photograph: Network Photographers/Alamy. Angela Monaghan.
Banks need to raise game to win back trust say new banking standards bosses  Express.co.uk
Banks must 'raise their game' to win back public trust  Telegraph.co.uk
Marks & Spencer helps Britain's FTSE to edge higher
... * Blue-chip FTSE 100 index up 0.2 percent. * Marks & Spencer leads after update. * Airlines under pressure from oil prices.
FTSE LIVE: Footsie posts early gains led by retailer Marks & Spencer  This is Money
U.K. Stocks Are Little Changed; Marks & Spencer Rises on Sales  Bloomberg
Asos looks beyond the horizon
(ASC) may have delivered double-digit sales growth in the first six months of the year, but pre-tax profit slumped 10 per cent to �18m because the online fashion retailer slashed prices and pumped money into its warehousing capacity.
Asos finds it's back in style as shares hit 10-month high  The Independent
Fashion retailer Asos to launch EU website following profit warning  Express.co.uk
Diageo snaps up rest of United National Breweries beer business
LONDON, April 2 (Reuters) - Diageo, the world's largest spirits maker, said on Thursday it had agreed to acquire control of United National Breweries beer business in South Africa, buying the remaining 50 percent stake it did not already own.
Diageo to buy Vijay Mallya's remaining 50% stake in African firm United ...  Financial Express
Diageo takes full control of United National Breweries  Telegraph.co.uk
Oil and gas discovered off Falkland Islands
A group of British exploration companies have discovered oil and gas in an offshore area north of the Falkland Islands, which could raise tensions with Argentina over their disputed ownership.
UPDATE 1-Falklands oil explorers report first discovery of 2015 campaign  Reuters UK
News & Tips: Rockhopper Exploration, Marks & Spencer & more  Investors Chronicle
Hinkley Point C: Nuclear project's 400 jobs at risk
Up to 400 contractor jobs at the new Hinkley Point C power plant are at risk because finances for the nuclear build are still being worked out.
400 jobs lost as EDF stops work on Hinkley Point C project  This is The West Country
400 jobs lost as Barnwood-based EDF stops site work for �20 billion nuclear ...  Gloucestershire Echo
Pension freedoms: Six things NOT to do on Monday
In just four days, people over 55 will be granted new "pension freedoms". Hugely welcome, the changes represent the biggest shake-up to pensions in a generation.
Pension freedom: Why you still may need an annuity  This is Money
Shot full of holes: Fatal flaws remain as pension freedom looms  Money Marketing
Playtech to buy trading platform TradeFX for $224 mln
(Reuters) - Gambling technology company Playtech Plc (PTEC.L) said it would buy a majority stake in TradeFX Ltd for 208 million euros ($224.4 million) in cash to enter the trading platform and payment services market.
Playtech acquires majority stake in TradeFX  iGaming Business
TradeFX set for �458m takeover  Insider Media
British drugs firm BTG lifts 2014/15 sales forecast
LONDON, April 2 (Reuters) - British drugs company BTG nudged up its 2014/15 revenue forecast on Thursday and said it was on course for further strong growth in its new financial year.
BTG expects higher annual revenue, hikes guidance for 2015  Yahoo Finance UK
CompaniesDrugs company BTG raises sales forecast  Financial Times