U.K. construction shrank less than economists forecast in April as homebuilding strengthened, Markit Economics said.
U.K. construction contracted for a fifth consecutive month in March as the industry suffered from bad weather and poor demand, Markit Economics said.
Puma SE, Europe’s second-biggest sporting-goods maker, surged to a seven-month high in Frankfurt trading amid speculation PPR SA plans to increase its stake in the company.
U.K. services unexpectedly accelerated last month as demand strengthened, indicating the economy may stave off a recession this quarter.
U.K. construction shrank the most in more than three years in February as commercial and civil engineering work declined, Markit Economics said.
A U.K. manufacturing index unexpectedly increased in September from a 26-month low as producers attempted to clear backlogs of orders.
U.K. manufacturing expanded for a second month in January as orders rose and output surged the most since September 2011.
A U.K. manufacturing index fell to a 28-month low in October as new orders decreased, adding to concerns the economy returned to stagnation in the fourth quarter.
A U.K. index of services growth unexpectedly rose in September as the economy showed signs of resilience before Prime Minister David Cameron implements the deepest spending cuts since World War II.
Ten public-interest groups asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook Inc.’s tracking of Internet users after they log off the world’s most popular social-networking service.