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LSE Volume: 318 M
Avg Vol: 3,269 M -90%
Fallers
2,287
Unchanged 970
Risers
1,589

FTSE100 tipped to open slightly lower this morning

PRE-OPEN REPORT: The headline index is tipped to open slightly lower this morning, according to financial websites, with investors fretting over increased tensions between Russia and the West.....

Pearson reports solid start but strong pound impacts sales

FT publisher Pearson said it is trading in line with expectations. In the first three months of the year, sales excluding Penguin and Mergermarket increased by 2% at constant exchange rates, and 1% underlying, to £0.9bn.

The Press Roundup

A brief summary of Friday's main business headlines... Extensive coverage of Gherkin in a pickle, Barclays and Astra pay rebellions, fracking.....

WPP revenues grow

Marketing giant WPP Group reported revenues up 1.5% at £2.57bn in sterling, up 8.7% at $4.257bn in dollars and up 4.5% at €3.104bn in euros in the first quarter.

Gleeson sales build

Urban regeneration specialist MJ Gleeson said Gleeson Homes has continued to perform well in Q1 with reservations significantly higher than the prior period.