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FTSE off to slow start as Yemen tensions weigh

FTSE indices got off to a slow start thanks to rising Middle East tensions after more Saudi airstrikes on Iran-backed Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen, with Egypt promising to weigh in to the developing conflict. Blue chips were led south by resources stocks.

Vodafone in partner market agreement in Botswana

Vodafone and Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) today jointly announced a new Partner Market agreement for Botswana.

Press Roundup

A brief summary of Friday's main business headlines... Extensive coverage of Shell shedding more jobs, escalating violence in Yemen and the impact on oil prices, further coverage of the Heinz-Kraft merger, MPs continuing to criticise Sports Direct and much more...

Robinson's profit

Robinson Plc has booked a FY pretax profit of £2.4m, from £3.7m. Revenue was £28.1m, from £23.3m. It recommended a final dividend of 2.75p a share, taking the total up 11% to 5p.

NWF settlement

NWF Group has reached an agreed settlement in respect of a legal claim made by the Company. As a result of this settlement NWF expects to receive a one off cash payment.