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19 Jul 2018 | 09:48

UK stocks opened little changed on Thursday ahead of retail sales data

UK stocks opened little changed on Thursday with all eyes on the latest retail sales data

At 0915, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 6.13 points, or 0.08%, at 7,670.15.

SSE fell 3% after it said dry, still and warm weather and persistently high gas prices had negatively impacted its adjusted operating profit by around £80m in the first quarter. It added that this would potentially impact on its full-year results.

Discount retailer Sports Direct slumped 7.55% after it reported profits plunged 73% weighed down by its large stake in struggling retailer Debenhams.

Big Yellow Group edged 0.98% higher after reporting like-for-like revenue increased by 7.6% in the fiscal first quarter as occupancy rose by 131,000 square feet resulting in a closing occupancy of 83.4%.

dotdigital Group climbed 16.44% after it said it expected annual operating profit to meet expectations as the company made 'substantial' progress against its strategic aims.

Everyman Media Group climbed 5.39% as it said its performance had been in line with expectations for the 52 weeks ended 5 July.

International software provider Sopheon plc jumped 14.87% after it reported that revenue visibility stood at $26.5m at the end of June, continuing the positive momentum from 2017. Story provided by
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