Taylor Wimpey Plc, the U.K.’s second- largest homebuilder by volume, more than doubled first-half earnings as it sold more expensive homes at higher margins.
Taylor Wimpey Plc , the U.K.’s second-largest homebuilder, agreed to sell its North American units for at least $955 million to cut debt and purchase land.
London Wasps owner Steve Hayes put the two-time European rugby champion up for sale, three years after taking control of the club.
Taylor Wimpey Plc, the U.K’s second- largest homebuilder by volume, said first-half profit margin increased as the government’s Help to Buy loan program lifted demand for homes.
U.K. same-day natural gas jumped to its highest level in 10 months after forecasters predicted snow this week, boosting heating use. Power for tomorrow advanced to its highest level since July.
The U.K. and Ireland may have the coldest December since 1890 and one of the snowiest three on record, Jim Dale, a senior meteorologist at British Weather Services in High Wycombe, England, said by e-mail.
Australia’s Queensland state, already suffering from its worst floods in half a century, faces more heavy rain in the coming week, according to forecaster British Weather Services.
Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer, is on “amber watch” for possible rains that may hurt the upcoming bean crop, British Weather Services said.