Poundland underlined investor enthusiasm for London retail flotations after shares in the discount store chain rose 18 per cent in the first hour of trading.
Billionaire Mike Ashley is hoping for the third year in a row to convince Sports Direct shareholders that he deserves a huge bonus which would net the businessman an extra �67 million.
Co-operative Group chief executive Euan Sutherland has offered to quit, days after claiming his efforts to overhaul the business had been undermined by a high-level leak of his �3.6 million pay deal.
G4S, the troubled security group, has taken a �386m hit to full-year earnings as it pursues a settlement with the UK government for overcharging on the electronic tagging of offenders.
Wednesday 08:10 GMT. Stocks are in the red and commodities have experienced frantic action as worries about China's economy and lingering tensions over Ukraine hit investors' risk appetite.