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Kingfisher is closing 60 B&Q stores
It's been a busy couple of days for V�ronique Laury, Kingfisher's new chief executive. Yesterday, after almost a year of talks, she abandoned a plan hatched by her predecessor to acquire the DIY chain Mr Bricolage.
B&Q announces the closure of 60 stores  
60 B&Q stores set to close in shake-up  
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... * FTSE 100 up 0.1 pct. * Set for largest quarterly gain since Q113. * Kingfisher up as investors welcome store closures. * Antofagasta boosted by M&A speculation.
UK economic growth has been revised up, giving the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties a boost ahead of the closely-fought general election on May 7. According to the Office for National Statistics, the economy grew 0.6 per cent in the last three ...
THE ability of Britain's big banks to withstand global economic shockwaves including a dramatic slowdown in China and further deflation in the eurozone is to be assessed by the Bank of England in a new set of stress tests.
Athens - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he wanted an �honest compromise� as the cash-strapped country wrangled with eurozone creditors over a new package of reforms needed to unlock vital bailout funds.
Thomas Cook's [IRDX RTHC] online bookings are 10% ahead of the same time last year, the travel company said today. Mobile and tablet bookings, it said, now represent a third of the total.

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