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.... Its food business is also expected to post a small decline in underlying sales. Investec analyst Kate Calvert has pencilled in pre-tax profits of £603m for the year to 31 March – down from £690m a year ago as the combination of rising costs and falling sales eats into the company’s profitability. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The second estimate of GDP growth provides a more detailed breakdown of how the economy performed, including a first take on consumer spending. Philip Shaw, economist at Investec, said the detail was likely to confirm that the first quarter was “a very soft period” for household spending, following decent growth of 0. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Growth slump as rising prices slowed consumer spending, figures to show image
....The second estimate of GDP growth provides a more detailed breakdown of how the economy performed, including a first take on consumer spending. Philip Shaw, economist at Investec, said the detail was likely to confirm that the first quarter was “a very soft period” for household spending, following decent growth of 0. ...
Marks & Spencer to report slump in clothing sales after short-lived boost image
.... Its food business is also expected to post a small decline in underlying sales. Investec analyst Kate Calvert has pencilled in pre-tax profits of £603m for the year to 31 March – down from £690m a year ago as the combination of rising costs and falling sales eats into the company’s profitability. ...
Mine craft: why BHP's strategic overhaul could help repel a hedge fund predator image
....”. Investec analyst Hunter Hillcoat says: “In our view, BHP’s ‘chronic underperformance’ is not as chronic as Elliott makes out and some aspects of the Elliott presentation appear disingenuous and/or made with the benefit of hindsight. ...
Lloyds reaches landmark as government sells final shares image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 04:45:44 PM
Bank of England walks the tightrope over interest rates image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 8th of May 2017 06:00:55 AM
....“The MPC will have to acknowledge that it is confronted with a slightly more difficult trade-off for policy-setting than previously, but we don’t foresee a change from its core neutral stance,” said Sam Hill, senior UK economist at RBC Capital Markets. Weighing up how the eight policymakers at this week’s meeting will vote, Victoria Clarke, an economist at Investec, noted that minutes from the March meeting in March showed worries about inflation went beyond Forbes. ...
Chinese economy cools as key sectors continue to slow image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 02:42:19 PM
....Economists are hopeful that the news on growth will remain positive enough so that Chinese authorities are not tempted to ease back on the pace of reform or reach for once-favoured ways of propping up the economy, such as spending on big infrastructure projects and relying on the booming property market. “A steady flow of solid economic data will only reinforce expectations the Chinese authorities can afford to focus their efforts on reducing financial imbalances in the economy rather than supporting the growth rate of the economy itself,” Victoria Clarke, an economist at the bank Investec, said in a research note ahead of the PMI reports. ...
Inflation puts the brakes on Britain's economic activity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:00:04 AM
....”. Chris Hare, UK economist at Investec, said: “While the weaker pound is probably beginning to provide some boost to net exports, the negative impact on household spending power via higher imported inflation is beginning to bite discernibly. ...
UK retail surge since Brexit vote comes to an end image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 01:11:30 PM
....”. Simon Wells, chief European economist at HSBC, said the unexpectedly sharp contraction in March showed “consumers are feeling the pinch”, while Victoria Clarke, UK economist at Investec, said it would drag first-quarter GDP growth down to 0. ...
Living standards in UK fall for the first time since 2014 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 12:14:56 PM
....”. Investec economist Chris Hare noted that despite continued employment growth, only 30,000 jobs were added to the economy in the six months to February, over the previous six months – the slowest pace of growth seen since mid-2013. ...
Savings rates turn NEGATIVE amid biting inflation with just ONE account beating rate image
....Maike Currie, investment director for personal investing at Fidelity International, said: "The time to protect yourself against the return of inflation is before it happens and physical assets such as gold, agriculture and property are all good protectors against the wealth-eroding effects of inflation. "You can invest in gold via a fund which invests in the shares of gold mining companies, such as the Investec Global Gold Fund or tap into property via the BlackRock Global Property Securities Equity Tracker Fund which benefits from the liquidity offered by real estate equities. ...
Price rises and pay figures to underline Brexit strain on Britons image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of April 2017 11:01:21 PM
....1%, thanks to the Easter impact on airfares being delayed until April this year, as well as softer fuel prices and a reversal of February’s “lettuce crisis”, when bad weather hit harvests in southern Europe and pushed the price of an iceberg up 67%. But economists at Investec predict inflation will nudge up to 2. ...
UK unemployment falls to joint lowest rate since 1975 but wages stall image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 11:27:55 AM
....7%, the weakest in more than two years. Chris Hare, an economist at Investec, saida squeeze in real wages was under way and was likely to intensify as inflation picks up. ...
Barclays full-year profits almost treble to £3.2bn image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 12:02:21 PM
....Simon Jack: Barclays boss has reasons to be cheerful. Investec analyst Ian Gordon said that Barclays had benefitted from the sharp depreciation of the pound against the dollar following the Brexit vote, and that its investment bank revenues had also helped its performance. ...
UK economy grows faster than thought image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 11:45:29 AM
....It attributes that to "subdued growth" in investment in information and communications technology equipment, as well as "other machinery and equipment". Shilen Shah, a bond strategist at Investec Wealth & Investment, said: "Somewhat disappointingly, business investment fell on the quarter, with hints that Brexit uncertainty is hitting business confidence. ...
City watchdog investigating HSBC over potential financial crime, bank reveals image
....But the bank’s shares, which have risen 55% since the EU referendum, endured one of their biggest one day falls since the depths of the banking crisis. Ian Gordon, an analyst at Investec said, said the figures were a “grim reality” while analysts at Bernstein said “HSBC missed on income and capital”. ...
British Gas price freeze is unlikely to impress customers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of February 2017 07:00:02 AM
....6bn, but some of the shine will be taken off by the £245m fraud at HBOS, which has left it having to compensate victims. Meanwhile, Barclays could beat consensus forecasts due to foreign exchange movements, according to analysts at Investec. ...
UK inflation is forecast to come in shy of Bank of England's 2 per cent target image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:00:00 AM
...."The upside for UK inflation in January may have been limited by a number of retailers engaging in aggressive discounting in the January sales after disappointing sales at the end of the year," he said. Investec predicts inflation will notch up to 1. ...
Fraud case and falling share price take shine off Lloyds’s farewell to taxpayer image
....He has also closed branches while putting the Lloyds and HBOS operations together, and then pared back costs to bolster profits, including swingeing jobs cuts – some 57,000 since 2008. But cost-cutting is loved by the City and Ian Gordon, banks analyst at Investec, points out that the profit the government made on selling a tranche of its Lloyds shares two years ago, when they were trading above the 73. ...
Candy brothers accused of blackmail and extortion in high court image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of February 2017 11:40:18 AM
.... It collapsed last summer in a blaze of publicity after burning through £14m without launching its app to the general public. In a 103-page written submission, Stewart said the financier Jonathan Arnst would also give evidence, alleging that the brothers attempted to “destabilise” Holyoake’s relationship with his employer Investec bank. ...
UK chancellor rules out cutting stake in RBS after £3.1bn US hit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of January 2017 07:14:10 AM
.... However, he provided a “health warning” that the bill may yet rise and that no formal discussions were under way with the justice department. Ian Gordon, an analyst at Investec, noted Theresa May was meeting Donald Trump on Friday. ...
UK GDP preview: sharp slowdown expected in 2017 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 22nd of January 2017 03:54:01 PM
....5% in the final quarter of last year, according to a Reuters poll of economists. Chris Hare, economist at the bank Investec was among those predicting the GDP figures on Thursday would show a strong finish to the year. ...
Celebrity deaths: Stars highlight the inheritance tax risk image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of January 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . Many also fear their children will squander the cash on pricey holidays, according to new research from Investec Wealth & Management. ...
FTSE falters but Royal Bank of Scotland rises after Deutsche Bank deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 23rd of December 2016 09:51:02 AM
....5p on hopes that Deutsche will provide a precedent and the fine will be lower than feared. Investec analyst Ian Gordon said:. ...
US rate rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 07:10:01 PM
UK's trade deficit before Brexit vote narrower than first calculated image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of December 2016 11:14:26 PM
....Trade in goods and services is the largest component of a country’s current account balance. “It’s a difficult area of the economy to measure, in fairness to the ONS, but these are big revisions and you get this unease in drawing firm conclusions on the external position of the UK,” said Investec economist Philip Shaw. ...
Apple supplier Imagination Technologies jumps after restructuring image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of December 2016 11:19:25 AM
.... Buy. At Investec, analyst Roger Phillips said:. ...
The Brexit economy: remarkable resilience as spectre of inflation looms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 01:30:21 PM
.... But analysts believe details released with this latest GDP report will show business investment slowed following the Brexit vote. Chris Hare, economist at Investec commented: “When economic uncertainty rises, business investment tends to be the first casualty – in such episodes businesses, tend to revert to ‘wait-and-see’ mode and postpone their capital spending plans. ...
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of October 2016 11:12:35 PM
.... Lower rates make it harder for banks to make a profit but that's less of a problem for HSBC with its large overseas interests, than it is for the domestic banks. Ian Gordon, a banking analyst at Investec, says most of HSBC's business is outside the UK, including the US, where interest rates are forecast to rise. ...
Glencore steps up debt reduction plan image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of August 2016 07:49:46 AM
....Glencore, along with the rest of the mining industry, has had a tough few years. In September last year, Glencore's shares dived after a note from analysts at Investec said its equity value could be "eliminated", although Glencore responded that it was "operationally and financially robust". ...
Mining sector outlook improves despite losses and Brexit image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of August 2016 05:18:11 PM
...."At the end of 2015 they accounted for around 2. 5%, so they've more than doubled in a year, which is impressive," says Jeremy Wrathall, mining team leader at Investec. ...
New economic data to show zero progress on jobs recovery image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 12th of June 2016 02:35:00 PM
....”. Philip Shaw, chief economist at investment bank Investec, said: “There are signs that employers are hesitant to hire new staff ahead of the referendum. ...
Merlin could exit FTSE in reshuffle image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 30th of May 2016 08:58:00 AM
....1million in the year to March 29, 2015. London-listed South African financial services firm Investec and Yorkshire-based chemicals manufacturer Croda are also in the running to join the top flight. ...
Inmarsat faces relegation from FTSE 100 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 29th of May 2016 02:30:56 PM
....Last week Merlin warned that London, where it owns Madame Tussauds and the London Dungeon, remained a challenging market despite the advantage of a cheaper pound potentially attracting more tourists. Other possible promotions include Investec, Smiths Group and AutoTrader, which floated on the stock market just over a year ago. ...
A hard place for BHS, however you say it image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 22nd of May 2016 08:00:37 AM
....We may find out whether the Greek tycoon has a point, when easyHotel announces interim results. The company has actually been on a half-decent run of late: last month it unveiled a trading statement that cheered its house broker, Investec, with increased forecasts and a prediction that the shares could reach 120p (they closed Friday at 98p). ...
City news: Pizza Hut, GS4, Greggs, Imagination Technologies image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of May 2016 07:53:00 AM
....Earlier this year, iPhone maker Apple – an 8 per cent shareholder in Imagination – said it had held talks over a potential acquisition. Investec analyst Roger Phillips said: “The idea that the Chinese state’s acquisition of IP is a priority, and that Imagination could be a target, has been floated before. ...
Imagination Technologies jumps 13% as Chinese firm takes 3% stake image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 9th of May 2016 09:04:01 AM
.... Earlier this year Apple said it had held talks but did not plan to make an offer “at this time. ” Analyst Roger Phillips at Investec said:. ...
Data will show UK at standstill: Growth prospects set to be hit by double whammy image
....The weaker pound should help make exporters more competitive, but will take time to take effect, economists say. Investec chief economist Philip Shaw said: “That we have not seen the trade deficit narrow during the recovery is disappointing, but understandable given the weakness in Europe and the strength of sterling. ...
Bank of England meeting could discuss cutting interest rates image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 8th of May 2016 12:41:16 PM
.... But presenting the Bank’s latest “inflation report” forecasts on Thursday at a news conference, Carney may be careful not to venture further into the Brexit debate. Chris Hare, an economist at the bank Investec, commented: “From a communications perspective, this inflation report will be extremely awkward for the MPC. ...
Online gaming group GVC's full-year profits fall 38% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 25th of April 2016 12:36:23 PM
....“I have visited all the key [bwin] operations and am very encouraged by what I have seen,” he added. Banking and asset management firm Investec, issued a buy note for GVC and raised its target price from 545p to 592p. ...
UK GDP figures expected to be weaker amid EU vote fears image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 24th of April 2016 02:42:54 PM
....They cite last week’s news of a sharp fall in retail sales in March, downbeat surveys from the wider services sector and a drag on the economy from manufacturing and the oil and gas sectors. Philip Shaw, an economist at Investec, said he is expecting a “mixed picture” from the UK economy. ...
George Osborne says Brexit would drive up mortgage rates image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 15th of April 2016 04:11:09 PM
....Economists said the tone of the minutes suggested the Bank would tread very carefully both before and after the vote. Ryan Djajasaputra, an economist at the bank Investec did not believe the minutes pointed to an interest rate rise in the aftermath of a Brexit vote. ...
IMF expected to cut growth forecasts in latest outlook image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 10th of April 2016 12:30:37 PM
....” She also called on governments to pursue more growth-friendly policies. “Given comments from Christine Largarde recently, a downgrade to the IMF’s world growth forecasts looks to be on the cards,” said Ryan Djajasaputra, an economist at the bank Investec. ...
Glencore sells stake in agribusiness image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of April 2016 08:46:35 AM
....That deal added dozens of mines in numerous countries to the commodity trader's business leaving it as one of the world's biggest miners and traders of the products of those mines. In September last year, Glencore's shares dived after a note from analysts at Investec said its equity value could be "eliminated", although the mining giant responded by saying it was "operationally and financially robust". ...
Shares in Mr Kipling owner surge after bids rejected image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of March 2016 10:34:57 AM
.... McCormick has until 20 April to table a firm offer. Investec analyst Nicola Mallard said: “In order to ‘absorb’ Premier’s financial obstacles, any bidder had to be bigger and McCormick seems to fit the bill, with a portfolio which shares some similarities with Premier’s grocery division. ...
Coca-Cola and other soft drinks firms hit back at sugar tax plan image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of March 2016 12:53:08 PM
.... In Mexico, when a 10% tax was imposed, sugary drink sales fell by 12% while bottled water sales soared. Nicola Mallard, a consumer industry analyst at Investec, said the threat of the tax would accelerate drinks companies’ efforts to reduce sugar in their products. ...
Fever-Tree buoyed by deals with M&S and British Airways image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of March 2016 12:20:40 PM
....The company said growth had been strong across its four main geographical regions, and the new year had started well. Nicola Mallard, an analyst at the company’s broker, Investec, said:. ...
Big six's hearts warmed by watchdog as standard tariff payers left out in cold image
....7bn a year more than they would in a competitive market. No wonder the City saw little for the big six suppliers to fear – “no great shakes,” concluded Investec. ...
Star Wars and Spectre power Cineworld to record box office figures image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of March 2016 10:48:13 AM
....Nigel Parson, analyst at Canaccord Genuity, disagreed, saying that the first quarter had been saved only by Deadpool, and that the film slate is weaker this year with more family films and fewer blockbusters. Investec analyst Steve Liechti was more optimistic: “While 2016 will be more subdued given fewer mega-blockbusters, we still see good momentum and the slate plays to Cineworld’s strengths. ...
Stamp duty hike spurs buy-to-let spree from investors image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 6th of March 2016 12:01:00 AM
....The RICS will say 51 per cent of surveyors reported price hikes last month, compared with 49 per cent in January. Investec economist Chris Hare said: “It was not difficult to see house price strength continuing into February, particularly as buy-to-let investors rush to buy before the new stamp duty surcharge comes into effect in April. ...
Plans for wide-ranging cap on energy bills expected to be scrapped image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of March 2016 12:01:18 AM
....5% amid speculation that the CMA has rowed back hugely on some of its bolder ideas. Analysts at banking group Investec put out a “buy” note to investors on Centrica, saying its prospects looked good. ...
Seven years of low interest rates have 'cost savers up to £160bn' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of March 2016 04:47:43 PM
....”. Ian Gordon, a banking analyst at Investec, said: “My take on Funding for Lending is that it had an indirect effect on savings rates. ...
ITV profits rise as Studios expands image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of March 2016 07:36:23 AM
.... . Analyst Steve Liechti at Investec said the outlook for the first quarter of 2016 was worse than expected. ...
Commodity slump hits Glencore profits image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of March 2016 08:16:41 AM
....That deal added dozens of mines in numerous countries to the commodity trader's business leaving it as one of the world's biggest miners and traders of the products of those mines. In September last year, Glencore's shares dived after a note from analysts at Investec said its equity value could be "eliminated", although Glencore responded that it was "operationally and financially robust". ...
City news: Travelodge, Hiscox, Fastjet and Genel Energy image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of March 2016 12:01:00 AM
....Its estimate of proven and probable reserves of 356 million barrels as of last December was down from a June 2011 estimate of 683 million. A Broker Investec spokesman said: “We think this could undermine confidence in future company guidance. ...
Lloyds profits fall on PPI claims image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of February 2016 07:23:55 AM
Investors hit as bankers share £5.5bn in bonuses image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 21st of February 2016 12:01:00 AM
....Like HSBC, Standard Chartered has been hurt by slowing growth in Asia, as well as rising bad debts and the commodities market crash. Investec banks analyst Ian Gordon estimates its profits have plummeted 85. ...
RBS and Lloyds forecast to cut hundreds of branches image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 20th of February 2016 06:30:56 PM
.... Lloyds' chief Antonio Horta-Osorio in 2012 promised to close no branches for three years, but the pressure on the industry is too great to keep all of its sites open. Lloyds is already in the process of closing 150 branches over three years, and analyst Ian Gordon at Investec believes it could end up accelerating that process to close “a multiple” of that number, with an extra 150 to 300 potentially closing in the coming years. ...
Plunging oil price brings Saudi Arabia and Iran together in alliance of enemies image
....The shale drillers need oil prices of $70 a barrel to really thrive, according to Fadel Gheit, an oil analyst with Oppenheimer & Co, compared with around $50 for the UK North Sea and less than $6 for the likes of Saudi Arabia. The big question now is will a production freeze take hold – and, if it does, will it not just provide a fillip for the shale drillers? Traders are nervous but hopeful and Tom Nelson, head of commodities at Investec Asset Management, believes oil prices may reach $60 a barrel by the end of 2016. ...
South32 eyes Anglo American buy-out of manganese joint venture image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 18th of February 2016 12:27:34 PM
.... Anglo American is backing out of coal and iron ore mining  Photo: REUTERS. Analysts at Investec said: "South32 has a strong balance sheet so has the financial capacity to buy assets during this period of low commodity prices. ...
FTSE 100 bounces back over 6,000-point barrier image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 18th of February 2016 12:01:00 AM
....Earlier this month, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s cut the company’s credit rating to the lowest investment grade after reducing its commodity price forecasts. Broker Investec hailed “a positive development” for Glencore, adding: “While not finalised, it is encouraging that there remains healthy demand to lend to Glencore. ...
Interest rate rise judged unlikely as inflation increases only slightly image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of February 2016 07:36:13 PM
.... In Japan, interest rates turned negative on Tuesday as the Bank of Japan attempted to bolster growth and pull the country out of deflation. Investec’s Chris Hare said: “Our central view is that the MPC will not begin raising rates until November this year, but if wobbly market sentiment ends up taking a bite out of the real economy, there is a risk the MPC will wait even longer than that”. ...
UK inflation creeps up for third straight month image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of February 2016 10:02:31 AM
.... "Wage growth remains stubbornly weak – private sector regular pay growth is currently at 2. 1pc, around half its pre-crisis average rate," said Chris Hare, an economist at Investec. ...
Analysts say HSBC staying in Britain a 'missed opportunity' – but shares rise on news image
....Flint is expected to be replaced in 2017, with Gulliver likely to follow in 2018 having led the group since 2011. Investec analyst Ian Gordon branded HSBC’s HQ decision a “missed opportunity”. ...
George Osborne's promises to the City 'kept HSBC in London' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 15th of February 2016 06:43:20 PM
.... Chief executive Stuart Gulliver could look at leaving the bank once his current reform plan at HSBC comes to an end in late 2017. Analyst Ian Gordon at Investec said the decision to stay in the UK was a “wasted opportunity” for HSBC. ...
HSBC to keep HQ in UK: what the experts say image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 15th of February 2016 10:36:14 AM
....co/i6PrQQGc9r #FT Let's stop the BS: it was never going anywhere. Ian Gordon, banking analyst at the stockbroker Investec:. ...
HSBC could switch 1,000 banking jobs to France after a Brexit vote image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 15th of February 2016 10:01:57 AM
....One City analyst did not welcome the decision to stay put. Ian Gordon, banks analyst at the stockbroker Investec, said it was a “missed opportunity” and left HSBC burdened by the UK regulatory regime. ...

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