The blow was officially landed by the European Commission who came up with a last minute requirement, on 16 February, for the London Stock Exchange (LSE) to sell its Italian bond trading platform (MTS).
CRH, the biggest producer of asphalt for highway construction in the US, rallied in afternoon trading after US President Donald Trump said he would propose a budget that would ramp up spending on infrastructure and defence.
Tesco plans to replace 1,700 deputy managers in its chain of Express convenience stores. Their work will be taken by an extra 3,300 lower paid "shift leaders", increasing staff numbers by 1,600.
Primark owner Associated British Foods is pencilling in a robust rise in half-year profits, but warned margins at the retail chain would take a knock from the weak pound.
His son James, who has worked with Mr Sellar for the past 20 years, will take over the running of Sellar Group. Among his achievements was creating the Shard, a building now recognised worldwide as an iconic London institution.