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UPDATE 1-Ashtead raises full-year guidance after profits soar
(Adds details, CEO quote). LONDON, Sept 3 (Reuters) - British industrial equipment hire group Ashtead raised its full-year guidance on Wednesday after posting a 33 percent rise in first-quarter pretax profits on strong demand from the United States and ...
Ashtead share price: Company releases first-quarter results  
Ashtead sees upside to full-year forecasts after record Q1 profits  
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The country's economic recovery is rewarded but the World Economic Forum urges education reform to boost the UK's competitiveness.
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On Monday, the new CEO of Tesco, Dave Lewis, sent a message to all employees asking them to email him directly if they had any complaints or suggestions about how to improve the chain.
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Trends

GainersChange Mkt Cap
BA69 City of London Investment Trust plc 8.00% 1,101.80M
PHNX Phoenix Group Holdings 3.68% 1,687.13M
BD15 Tate & Lyle PLC 3.50% 3,178.28M
GWP GW Pharmaceuticals plc 2.81% 1,077.73M
CSR CSR plc 2.50% 1,311.01M
LosersChange Mkt Cap
CTYA City of London Investment Trust plc -26.32% 1,101.80M
NEPI New Europe Property Investments plc -6.67% 1,801.21M
MGHU M & G High Income Investment Trust PLC -3.74% 1,387.54M
OCDO Ocado Group PLC -2.18% 1,916.73M
SBD Songbird Estates plc -1.94% 1,812.07M
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