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The auto-retail sector has been in an unenviable position in recent years, but none more so than Lookers, which has seen its share price more than halve since early February, helped on the way down by the announcement of a Financial Conduct Authority investigation into historical sales processes, and a profit warning.

But a number of the group’s directors are capitalising on the current turmoil to top up their holdings — or at least to signal confidence to the wider market. Finance director Mark Raban and non-executive director Stuart Counsell bought 50,000 and 216,213 shares respectively in mid-August, but their purchases pale in comparison with non-executive director Tony Bramall.

Mr Bramall bought more than 4.1m shares in July and 4.7m in August, all through Guernsey Investments, a company he controls.

Directors’ Deals — September 11 2019
CompanyDirectorNo of sharesPrice (p)
Amigo Holdings Hamish Paton (ceo)6,28279
Amigo Holdings Hamish Paton (ceo)43,71879.72
Amryt Pharma*Raymond Stafford918,27390
Amur Minerals Thomas Bowens 7,527,6042.165
Anglo Pacific Robert Stan250190.5
Anglo Pacific Patrick Meier (ch)10,200190.99
Anglo Pacific Julian Treger (ceo)40,000191.5
Anglo Pacific Robert Stan15,250192
Anglo Pacific William Blyth12,100192
Anglo Pacific Robert Stan9,500193
Asiamet Resources*Bruce Sheng 3,371,6863.5
Audioboom Michael Tobin (ch)7,143209
Bermele Anthony Reeves 1,750,0001.25
Bermele Anthony Reeves 50,0001.5
Brickability David Simpson 151,50066
Chesnara Mark Hesketh5,000302.2
Feedback* Lindsay Melvin (cfo)416,6671.2
Feedback* Rory Shaw4,166,6671.2
Inchcape Gijsbert de Zoeten17,500578.8476
International Personal Finance Gerard Ryan (ceo)150,00098.1
International Personal Finance Gerard Ryan (ceo)100,00099.8
Legal & General George Lewis471221.5
Legal & General Henrietta Baldock 836221.5
Legal & General John Kingman (ch)1,934221.5
Legal & General Toby Strauss1,242221.5
Lookers Tony Bramall550,00050.1348
Macau Property Opportunities Fund Thomas Ashworth121,352123.5
Marlowe Alexander Dacre (ceo)5,100387
Oxford BioDynamics Christian Millar (ceo)4,00085
Oxford BioDynamics Christian Millar (ceo)4,00085.135
Oxford BioDynamics Christian Millar (ceo)2,00085.135
Oxford BioDynamics Christian Millar (ceo)4,00086.58
Oxford BioDynamics Stephen Diggle 10,00090
Oxford BioDynamics Paul Stockdale (cfo)2,18691.25
Oxford BioDynamics Stephen Diggle 6,73092
Photo-Me International John Lewis (ch)25,000101
RM2 International SACharles Duro2,500,0000.02
Rolls-Royce Holdings Lewis Booth 5,000757
Rolls-Royce Holdings Lewis Booth 1,930758
Rolls-Royce Holdings Lewis Booth 3,070760
Rolls-Royce Holdings Irene Dorner2,000769.8
Scotgold Resources*Peter Hetherington857,14335
Scotgold Resources*Ian Proctor 428,57135
Scotgold Resources*William Styslinger928,57135
Titon Holdings Bernd Ratzke14,924134
Tlou Energy Colm Cloonan (fd)100,0004.54
Tlou Energy Anthony Gilby (ceo)287,7910.088
Total Produce Seamus Taaffe50,0001.28
Total Produce Michael Meghen15,1901.308
Ultra Electronics William Rice (ch)2,6872151.65
Vela Technologies* Antony Laiker (ceo)25,000,0000.1
VPC Specialty Lending Richard Levy65,43377
Wood Group (John) Jeremy Wilson10,000359
Wood Group (John) Robin Watson (ceo)10,000362
AB Dynamics Anthony Best (ch)100,0002750
AB Dynamics♥ Anthony Best (ch)30,0002750
Anglo Pacific William Blyth7,500191
Frontier Smart Technologies Anthony Sethill (ceo)150,00025
IQGeo Oliver Scott7,323,24646
IQGeo Robert Sansom2,404,18546
* placing/tender/open offer ♥ spouse/connected party; trades between August 29 and September 4. Source Morningstar/Investors Chronicle

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