Greene King has blamed tougher drink-drive laws in Scotland for weak sales growth this year. The pub group reported a 0.4pc rise in like-for-like sales in the 51 weeks to April 26.
10.00: The Footsie jumped higher as the morning session progressed, showing no jitters despite the uncertainty ahead of this week's UK general election and US job figures, with better than expected results from banking giant HSBC giving the index a boost.
Just Eat has reported a 51 per cent rise in orders for its first quarter, maintaining the growth rate of the online takeaway service as rivalry in the sector intensifies.
LONDON (Reuters) - Growth in Britain's construction industry slowed sharply in April as companies put off decisions ahead of this week's national election, but confidence remained high and hinted at a post-election pickup, a survey showed.
Los Angeles: McDonald's new chief executive's turnaround plan for the fast-food chain included specific financial fixes, but left investors and analysts craving a clear strategy to win back diners and boost sales.