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22 Aug
Botswana Diamonds renews prospecting licences in central Kalahari
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Africa-focussed explorer Botswana Diamonds has renewed two prospecting licences held by a wholly-owned subsidiary for an additional two years.

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22 Aug
Castings signals 'slight softening' in demand from vehicle customers
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Castings told shareholders that, following a strong first quarter, it had experienced a “slight softening” in demand from the majority of its main commercial vehicle customers on Thursday.

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22 Aug
Arcontech Group profits soar as existing customers splash out
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Arcontech Group shares jumped on Thursday as the company reported that its annual profits almost doubled on the back of higher sales to existing customers.

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22 Aug
Revenue and earnings fall in 'first half pause' at Sopheon
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Management software and services provider Sopheon reported a fall in revenue to $13. 7m in its first half on Thursday, from $15. 9m a year earlier.

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22 Aug
Columbus Energy progressed carbon dioxide pilot at Inniss-Trinity
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Trinidad-focussed oil and gas producer Columbus Energy Resources updated the market on the Inniss-Trinity Incremental Production Service Contract on Thursday, reporting that work was continuing with Predator Oil & Gas to advance the carbon dioxide pilot project.

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22 Aug
Macfarlane Group wraps up first half of sales and profit growth
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Macfarlane Group reported a 5. 4% improvement in its group turnover for the first half on Thursday, to £107. 54m.

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22 Aug
UK retail sales drop at fastest pace since financial crisis - CBI
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Retail sales in the UK fell at their fastest rate since the financial crisis in the year to August, according to the latest data from the Confederation of British Industry.

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22 Aug
SDX Energy makes solid development progress as it swings to loss
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North Africa-focussed oil and gas company SDX Energy reported net revenues of $25m (£20. 62m) in its first half on Thursday - a year-on-year improvement of 4% - with higher production reportedly compensating for lower net realised average oil and service fees of $57 per barrel of oil equivalent, down from $62 per barrel in the first half of 2018.

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22 Aug
Reabold increases investment in Rathlin with £1m contribution
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Upstream oil and gas investment company Reabold Resources has increased its investment in Rathlin Energy UK - the operator of the West Newton field - through participation in an advanced subscription agreement, it announced on Thursday.

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22 Aug
China vows retaliation against any US wrong tariff action
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China's Commerce Ministry said on Thursday that it hopes the United States will stop its wrongful tariff actions, warning that Beijing would retaliate for any new levies.

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22 Aug
AstraZeneca granted marketing authorisation for Roxadustat in China
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Biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has received marketing authorisation for Roxadustat in China for the treatment of anaemia caused by chronic kidney disease in non-dialysis-dependent patients.

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22 Aug
Mulberry poaches Ted Baker finance director
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Ted Baker's finance boss, Charles Anderson, is leaving the fashion retailer after 17 years to join luxury handbag maker Mulberry.

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22 Aug
SimiGon awarded blanket purchase agreement from US Air Force
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Simulation and training solutions firm SimiGon has been awarded a blanket purchase agreement from the United States Air Force for the supply of its virtual and mixed reality systems.

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22 Aug
Eco Animal Health chairman steps down
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Animal pharmaceuticals developer Eco Animal Health announced on Thursday that non-executive chairman Richard Wood has stepped down with immediate effect.

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22 Aug
Genus promotes FD Stephen Wilson to role of CEO
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Animal genetics company Genus has promoted group finance director Stephen Wilson to the role of chief executive.

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22 Aug
NMC Health soars on deal speculation; H1 profit rises
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NMC Health shares soared on Thursday following a report that two groups, including one backed by Chinese conglomerate Fosun, have made competing offers to buy a 40% stake in the UAE-based healthcare provider worth up to $1. 9bn.

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22 Aug
John Laing profit slumps amid challenges in renewable energy market

John Laing was under the cosh on Thursday as it posted a slump in half-year profit and highlighted challenges in the renewable energy market.

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22 Aug
Eurozone business activity picks up in August but still muted
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Business activity in the eurozone picked up in August but was still muted as the manufacturing sector remained in contraction territory, according to preliminary figures released on Thursday.

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22 Aug
GlaxoSmithKline upbeat on latest test results from ViiV Healthcare
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GlaxoSmithKline reported on Thursday that its specialist HIV company ViiV Healthcare had announced positive headline results from its phase 3 ‘ATLAS-2M’ study of the investigational, long-acting, injectable, two-drug regimen (2DR) of its cabotegravir and Janssen's rilpivirine for the treatment of HIV.

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22 Aug
Laura Ashley swings to loss as home furnishings division struggles
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Laura Ashley said on Thursday that it swung to a full-year loss as sales fell amid weakness in the home furnishings business.

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