Renewed fears over growth in China have hit European markets, with the main indexes falling sharply in early trade. Germany's Dax tumbled by 3% to 9,948.59, while France's Cac-40 fell 2.8% to 4,519.23 and the UK's FTSE was off by 2.7% at 6,080.20.
Growth in the UK's manufacturing sector slowed slightly in August, a survey has suggested. The UK manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) fell to 51.5 in the month, down from 51.9 in July.
ECONOMIC growth in the UK picked up pace in the three months to August, with strong expectations by business for the next quarter, the CBI employers' body said in a report out today.
A tug-of-war has erupted over Aga Rangemaster, the maker of quintessentially British cast-iron cookers, as two larger American kitchen equipment rivals vie for control of the group.
Online gambling firm 888 Holdings stepped up the battle for Bwin.party Digital Entertainment today, submitting a revised takeover proposal as it looks to see off rival interest from GVC Holdings.