Housebuilder Persimmon Trading at an All-Time High

Revenues climbed by 12% to £1.66bn pushing profits up 30% for first six months. The company’s CEO described sentiment as resilient as he reassured investors that interest in properties remains strong with forward sales 15% ahead of 2016.

Landlords Urged to Re-Mortgage as Tougher BTL Lending Criteria Begin to Bite

Landlords are being urged to re-mortgage before tougher buy-to-let lending criteria, due to be introduced in September, make it more difficult to obtain finance.

Amicus Property Finance completes loan for two office to residential schemes in Preston

Currently pre-sold 80 of the 122 units on offer within the two sites

Amicus Property Finance, the specialist short term property lender, today announces that it has completed a deal

Caterer Compass Group is Share of the Week

Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, outlines why Compass Group is his share of the week:

Countrywide Forecasts House Price Growth Slowdown

Countrywide Housing Market Forecasts

Price growth to slow to 1.5% in 2017, but increase to 2% in 2018

There are More University Students Than Available Accommodation

In 2016-17, the number of purpose built beds reached more than half a million at 568,000 – an increase of 5.4% from the previous year.

Foreign Visitors Spending More in the UK

The latest data on overseas travel and tourism for June 2017 from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that both visits and spending by overseas residents is up on the same time last year.

Historic Graduate and Apprentice Share by Work Sector

Summary: This chart shows the increasing graduate share and declining apprenticeship share in the workforce within selected work sectors since the late 1980s.

Death of the Vending Machine

11% jump in non-store retailer insolvencies as they continue to be overtaken by modern rivals. Vending machines, milkmen, door-to-door salesman among victims of e-retail.

Number of patients on mixed sex wards doubles since last year

The number of patients suffering the indignity of staying in mixed-sex wards soared to 908 in July 2017, more than double the number in the same month last year.

Economic Diary for Week Commencing 21st Aug 2017

Graham Spooner, Investment Research Analyst at The Share Centre, gives his thoughts on what to expect from companies announcing results week commencing 21 August 2017.

Household Cost-Cutting Hits Two-Year High

Buying cheaper grocery brands is most popular way to save money

The number of Britons changing their spending habits to cut down on household expenses has hit its highest level for two years