Recruitment firm Hays Plc warned of lower first-half operating profit on Thursday, as it struggled with a hiring squeeze that worsened in December in some of its largest markets including Britain, France and Australia.
Fashion retailer Joules Group Plc warned on Friday that its 2020 profit would be significantly below market expectations as online retail sales suffered due to a shortage of merchandise during the crucial Christmas period.
UK based global recruitment firm Robert Walters Plc reported a fall in fourth-quarter gross profit on Thursday amid a difficult labour market impacted by caution and uncertainty over Brexit, sending the company's shares down more than 5%.
Global miner Anglo American Plc is in advanced talks to buy fertiliser company Sirius Minerals for about 386 million pounds ($507 million), throwing a potential life-line to Britain's biggest mining project.
London's main index enjoyed its best weekly performance since December 2016, as shares of exporters continued to benefit from a pound that is subdued amid renewed concerns about a chaotic Brexit at the end of 2020.
London's exporter-heavy FTSE 100 hit a more than four-month high on Thursday partly in response to a weaker pound, which came under pressure from fears Britain may leave the European Union without a trade deal at the end of 2020.
UK shares more exposed to the domestic economy eased further on Wednesday, hurt by renewed worries of a no-deal Brexit after Britain set a hard deadline of December 2020 to reach a new trade deal with the European Union.
British firms more exposed to the domestic economy took a hit on Tuesday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's hard line in talks with the European Union rekindled fears of a hard Brexit, while NMC Health plunged on Muddy Waters' short attack.
Stagecoach Group Plc said its founders will step down at the end of the year in a board overhaul as the transport operator focuses on bus and tram services after losing its UK rail franchises.
Eddie Stobart's shareholders on Friday voted in favor of a takeover from top investor DBAY Advisors, allowing the logistics company's green and red trucks to continue trading.