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FTSE edges up with miners regaining lost ground

FTSE indices edged higher with a mix of pharma and mining stocks leading the way, but Tesco takes a beating following a profit warning.

bwin.party revenues fall after mixed first half performance

bwin.party digital entertainment's total revenue fell to €317.1m in the six months to the end of June - down from €342.5m - following a mixed first half performance.

The Press Roundup

A brief summary of Friday’s main business headlines... Extensive coverage of the fall in small business lending, renewed retail optimism, Paddy Power’s profit shortfall, increased Ukraine tensions and much more…

Lavendon revenue up

Underlying pre-tax profits at Lavendon Group, Europe's market leader in the rental of powered access equipment, rose by 11% to £12.3m in the six months to the end of June. Revenues were 3% up at £117.4m and underlying operating profits rose by 7% to £14.9m.

Goldenport loss narrows

Goldenport Holdings - the international shipping company that owns and operates a fleet of dry bulk and container vessels - posts a net loss of $1.4m for the six months to the end of June, down from $8.3m last time.