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  1. December 18, 2012

    Park Group weathers downturn

    Park Group, the gift card and Christmas hamper company, has reported an increase in revenues, as its customers have...

  2. May 16, 2012

    Small caps: Buying buoys African Mineral

    African Minerals climbed 6.6 per cent to 424p on Wednesday after Frank Timis, the iron ore miner’s chairman, spent more than...

  1. April 27, 2012

    Small caps: earnings surge fuels UK Coal

    Better than feared full-year earnings lifted UK Coal by 13.2 per cent to 14.6p. However, the debt-laden miner also...

  2. April 26, 2012

    Talks fail on Whately’s £9m Arden move

    Arden Partners has announced the termination of talks on a £9m takeover by its former chairman, after a month of...

  3. April 19, 2012

    Small-caps: 10% advance from E2V

    E2V Technologies , a maker of imaging sensors and microwave components, said its trading performance for the year ended...

  4. April 11, 2012

    Melrose executives to get £126m payout

    Melrose’s top executives have been awarded stock worth £126m after shareholders in the engineering turnround specialist...

  5. March 19, 2012

    Metalrax struggles amid homeware gloom

    Metalrax saw revenue edge up in 2011 due to a strong performance from its specialist engineering division but sales in its...

  6. February 16, 2012

    Cole bails out at a bad time for the bifurcating FSA

    Insider traders will sleep easier knowing that Margaret Cole, head of enforcement at the Financial Services Authority, will...

  7. January 13, 2012

    Invensys warns of £60m hit to profits

    Invensys shares fell 19 per cent on Friday after the engineering group warned that profits for the year would miss...

  8. December 23, 2011

    UK economy watch: little festive cheer

    As Christmas closes in and Economy Watch prepares its last column for the year, it is hard to escape the thought that we are...

  9. December 21, 2011

    Arden warns on 2012 prospects

    Arden Partners, the small- and mid-cap stockbroker, said it expected “severe pressure” on the sector for the whole of next...

  10. December 21, 2011

    Small caps: Petra Diamonds up on record sale

    Petra Diamonds advanced 6.1 per cent to 116¾p as it welcomed its first day of dealing on the London main market with a...

  11. FT Alphaville

    December 21, 2011

    Snap news

    Breaking pre-market news on Wednesday, - Thorntons warns on profits again; blames increased promotional activity and poor...

  12. November 30, 2011

    Small caps: Panmure warns over turmoil

    Stockbrokers were under pressure after Panmure Gordon surprised the market – and fell 18.5 per cent to 11p – with a warning...

  13. October 14, 2011

    More jobs expected to go in the Square Mile

    The City of London’s downsizing drive is picking up speed, but for employees at securities firms it feels like death by a...

  14. October 6, 2011

    Mouchel chief quits after contract error

    Mouchel was locked in talks to avoid breaching a banking covenant on Thursday following a £4.3m accounting blunder that led...

  15. October 3, 2011

    M&S asks suppliers to aid store revamps

    Marks and Spencer has asked its top clothing suppliers for a multimillion-pound contribution to its store revamp plans and a...

  16. September 28, 2011

    Melrose rapped for courting too slowly

    Charter International has hit out at its failed bidder Melrose, berating the turnround specialist for stalking the FTSE 250...

  17. September 28, 2011

    Heatwave threatens autumn clothing sales

    Concern is rising about the outlook for clothing retailers after the spate of unusually warm weather at a crucial point in...

  18. September 27, 2011

    Small caps: WSP in the frame

    WSP rose 6.4 per cent to 241½p on Tuesday after it was tipped as a takeover target in the wake of a bid for a privately...

  19. September 19, 2011

    Mothercare undergoes midlife crisis

    Not many high street retailers make it to their half century, but Mothercare, which celebrates the opening of its first...

  20. September 9, 2011

    John Lewis and Waitrose face profits dip

    Tough conditions in the high street and investment in stores – including new outlets due to open at Westfield’s Stratford...

  21. September 8, 2011

    Bidders for EMI told of £150m liabilities

    HMV, the embattled music retailer, has complicated the auction of EMI after it emerged that the record label carries a...

  22. September 5, 2011

    Sharp takes helm at Debenhams

    Michael Sharp, the former deputy chief executive of Debenhams, has taken over from Rob Templeman as chief executive of the...

  23. August 23, 2011

    Pendragon shrugs off end of scrappage schemes

    Pendragon, the car dealer whose £75.2m right issue this month was taken up by just 67 per cent of shareholders, managed to...

  24. August 17, 2011

    Small caps: Pendragon down 6.8%

    Pendragon , the car dealer, was in focus on Wednesday. Its shares dipped 6.8 per cent to 9.79p as the take-up for its £75m...

  25. August 17, 2011

    Pendragon rights issue stalls at the lights

    Pendragon blamed the stock market turmoil for the disappointing take-up of the car dealer’s £75.2m ($121m) rights issue,...

  26. August 12, 2011

    Waitrose extends hours to boost sales

    Waitrose is extending its opening hours as the upmarket supermarket seeks to continue its run of strong sales growth. The...

  27. July 20, 2011

    Brokers belaboured by broken model

    Since the financial crisis, stockbrokers to small and mid-cap companies have suffered from overcapacity, low trading volumes...

  28. July 15, 2011

    Financial services bolster iEnergizer

    Shares in iEnergizer, the Indian supplier of back-office outsourcing systems, have performed strongly since the company...

  29. July 14, 2011

    Small caps: Johnston Press falls 9%

    Car dealer Pendragon recovered from early losses to finish the day almost unchanged. Analysts said plans to raise £75m via a...

  30. July 8, 2011

    Stores unwrap Christmas ploys

    A dolls’ house for boys, giant daleks and an “iPad for two-year-olds” are among the gifts retailers have picked as their...

  31. July 7, 2011

    Small caps: Lookers dips on loss of drive

    Lookers, the motor dealer that recently ended takeover talks with one of its biggest shareholders, fell 6.5 per cent lower...

  32. July 6, 2011

    ‘Grey pound’ lifts N Brown and Jacques Vert

    A lack of belt-tightening among older and larger customers has boosted sales at fashion groups N Brown and Jacques Vert,...

  33. July 6, 2011

    Arden looks to India for opportunities

    Arden Partners , the broker to small and mid-cap companies, is to look for new opportunities in India as it tries to...

  34. July 5, 2011

    Small caps: Xcite surge heads oil gains

    Xcite Energy continued its recent remarkable run. Its shares, which were trading at 110p a week ago, hit 248p before closing...

  35. July 5, 2011

    ‘Grey pound’ boosts N Brown sales

    Resilient spending on clothes among older and larger customers has boosted sales at plus-size fashion group N Brown, bucking...

  36. FT Alphaville

    July 5, 2011

    Snap news

    Breaking pre-market news on Tuesday, - Persimmon says operating margins will show a further improvement in first half of...

  37. July 1, 2011

    Small caps: Sunkar gains on study progress

    Sunkar Resources added 13 per cent to 21¾p following a positive update on its Chilisai phosphate project in north-west...

  38. June 28, 2011

    Early M&S summer sale raises questions

    Marks and Spencer has brought its summer sale forward by two weeks, raising questions about its performance. M&S, which has...

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