Business & Finance

Oil price falls as OPEC battles forces beyond its control

OPEC agrees to extend output cuts but markets are not impressed

• For the time being OPEC is battling forces beyond its control

Shine with Your Company’s HR Services!

• The Stevie Awards for Great Employers are looking for the world’s best employers and HR services

Five Tips for introducing Strengths-based ways of working in your organization

Workplace psychology has recently undergone a revolution.

Restaurant Group shares surge despite falling sales

• Like-for-like sales at troubled restaurant chain continue to slide, down 1.5% year on year

Brexit fears linked to the rise in protected trust deeds

Protected trust deed applications have increased 16% year on year, with concerns relating to Brexit thought to be behind the surge.

Cost Pressures Strengthening Across the Service Sector – CBI

Demand in the services sector was flat in the three months to May, while rising costs caused profitability to decline

UK GDP Growth Revised Down to 0.2% for Q1 2017

UK Gross Domestic Product in volume terms was estimated to have grown by 0.2 present between 2016 Q4 (Oct to Dec) and 2017 Q1 (Jan to Mar).

Mortgage Lending up 4% on Last Year

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £18.4 billion in April.

Royal Mail, Intu Properties and Hikma Pharmaceuticals facing relegation from FTSE 100

• Possible candidates to drop out of the FTSE 100 include a shopping centre investor, a pharmaceutical company and one of Britain’s most recognised brands

Finance Sector Concentrates on Infrequent Fire Risk over Daily Cyber Threats

• Finance businesses carry out fire evacuations more often than online security tests

• Yet, businesses are 125 times more likely to suffer cyber attack than damage by fire

Dividend Heroes: The Half Centuries Keep on Coming

2017 has been a golden year for dividend heroes, with the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) announcing that three investment companies had reached 50 years of consecutive increases

The Share Centre Looks Forward to the Week Commencing 29th May 2017

Graham Spooner, Investment Research Analyst at The Share Centre, gives his thoughts on what to expect from companies announcing results week commencing 29 May 2017.