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Made.com Considers Share Sale to Raise Cash: The London Rush


Here’s the key business news from London-listed companies this morning.

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(Bloomberg) — Here’s the key business news from London-listed companies this morning.

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Made.com: The trendy online furniture website is considering selling more shares to strengthen its balance sheet.

  • The company warned in July that its gross sales would be lower than previously expected as Brits cut back on home improvements, causing its shares to tumble, adding that it is looking to strengthen its balance sheet

Helios Towers Plc: The telecommunications towers operator reported first-half revenues that increase 25% year-on-year boosted by acquisitions in Senegal, Madagascar and Malawi as well as rising inflation and energy prices.

Marshalls Plc: The building materials maker expects its Landscaping division to be impacted by homeowners putting off home improvement projects as their incomes are squeezed.

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B&M European Value Retail S.A.: The discount retailer named former Imperial Brands Plc chief financial officer Oliver Tant to its board.

Outside The City

The next British prime minister faces a worsening fiscal outlook, raising questions about the viability of big tax cuts being promised by the two candidates vying for the job, a leading research group warned. 

Meanwhile, the UK government blocked the takeover of an electronic design company by a Hong Kong-based firm, the latest example of Britain’s increasing hostility to Chinese investment.

In Case You Missed It 

The Glazer family would consider selling a minority stake in Manchester United FC and the Premier League club could be valued at about £5 billion, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The Daily Mail later reported the Glazer family was in exclusive talks with private equity firm Apollo about the potential stake sale. 

The news come as the English Premier League’s revenues are expected to exceed £6 billion this season for the first time, rapidly outpacing its European rivals.

Looking Ahead

Retail sales will cap off this week’s flurry of eco data on Friday. The volume of goods sold in stores and online is expected to have dipped 0.2% last month, following a 0.1% decline in June that was partly cushioned by a jump in food sales over the Jubilee bank holiday. 

The Readout with Allegra Stratton will be back from its summer break on Aug. 30. In the meantime, here’s what Bloomberg journalists are reading this summer. 



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