* FTSE ends up 0.2 pct at 6,730.67 points * Next (Other OTC: NXGPF – news) hits record highs after strong Xmas sales * Next rises 10 pct, M&S up 3.9 percent * FTSE to hit 7,000 in Q2 – SVM’s McLean By Sudip Kar-Gupta LONDON, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Strong gains by clothing retailer Read More

* FTSE 100 down 0.2 pct * Next (Other OTC: NXGPF – news) surges to new high following good festive period trade * Overall index slips after weak Chinese data * FTSE 100 turns 30, has risen 570 percent over lifetime By Alistair Smout LONDON, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index edged lower Read More

By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index edged lower on Friday, extending a muted start to the year but supported by news of upbeat trading from Next in what has been a mixed Christmas for the UK retail sector. The FTSE 100 fell 0.2 percent to 6,705.53, dipping further away from multi-year Read More

* Mining (LSE: MIR.L – news) stocks fall after Chinese factory activity slowdown * FTSE 100 falls 0.3 percent * FTSE 100 rose 14.4 pct in 2013 * Many traders see FTSE eventually hitting 7,000 level in 2014 By Sudip Kar-Gupta LONDON, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Britain’s benchmark equity index, which had its best annual Read More

By This Is Money Reporters PUBLISHED: 03:20 EST, 2 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:33 EST, 2 January 2014 17.30 (CLOSE): The spotlight fell on retailers on the first day of new year trading after troubled Debenhams announced the resignation of its finance boss. Shares in the department store chain – which issued a shock profits Read More

Break out the balloons and party hats! Nope — I’m afraid the FTSE 100 hasn’t hit 7000 just yet — instead, we have another milestone to celebrate for UK’s leading benchmark share index. When most UK investors think of the stock market, the FTSE 100 almost invariably comes to mind — it’s easily the world’s Read More

* FTSE 100 down 0.4 pct after 14 pct gain in 2013 * Miners slip after disappointing Chinese data * FTSE’s medium-term technical outlook seen positive By Atul Prakash LONDON, Jan 2 (Reuters) – A sharp sell-off in mining shares following disappointing Chinese factory data pushed down Britain’s top share index on the first trading Read More

London’s benchmark index fell 22 points, or 0.3pc, to 6,726 in early trade after new figures showed a decline in Chinese manufacturing in December. As China is the world’s biggest metals consumer, the underwhelming economic data dragged on London’s mining shares, which in turn pulled the over all index lower.