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Exclusive: Advent and Blackstone among bidders for WPP market research arm Kantar - sources

19 Mar 2019

LONDON A series of buyout funds including U.S. firms Advent and Blackstone are in talks with advertising group WPP to explore bids for a majority stake in its data analytics unit Kantar, four sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Brexit crisis tipped for British asparagus as EU seasonal workers stay away

18 Mar 2019

ROSS-ON-WYE, England For almost 100 years, Chris Chinn's family has farmed asparagus in the rolling hills of the Wye Valley in western England. | Video

Under pressure, May scrambles to win support for Brexit deal

17 Mar 2019

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May's government was scrambling on Sunday to get support in parliament for her Brexit deal at the third time of asking, aiming to persuade doubters with threats and promises to avoid any move to oust her.

What Brexit game is EU playing? British parliament leader Leadsom asks

10 Mar 2019

LONDON The leader of parliament Andrea Leadsom said she was beginning to wonder what game the European Union was playing over Brexit as relations between London and Brussels deteriorated ahead of a vote by lawmakers next week. | Video

British government condemned after Islamic State teenager's baby dies

09 Mar 2019

LONDON A decision by Britain to strip a teenage girl of her citizenship after she joined Islamic State in Syria was described as a "stain on the conscience" of the government on Saturday after her three-week old baby died. | Video

Mike Ashley launches bid to take charge of ailing Debenhams

08 Mar 2019

Mike Ashley, one of Britain's most famous and unorthodox businessmen, has launched a coup to take charge of ailing department store chain Debenhams, seeking to remove most of the board and install himself in an executive role.

John Lewis cuts staff bonus ahead of Brexit

07 Mar 2019

LONDON Britain's John Lewis Partnership said it is as ready as it can be for Brexit, whatever scenario, after reporting a 45 percent drop in full year profit and cutting its staff bonus to the lowest level in 66 years on Thursday.

WPP shares stage relief rally after better than feared outlook

01 Mar 2019

LONDON WPP gained some respite on Friday as the world's biggest advertising firm delivered results and forecasts that were not as bad as feared after a year of turmoil, lifting its shares. | Video

M&S in tie-up talks with Ocado to take its food online

26 Feb 2019

LONDON British high street chain Marks & Spencer (M&S) is in talks with Ocado to form a joint venture that would give M&S a full online food delivery service for the first time, sending shares in both companies surging on Tuesday.

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