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Festive sales cheer for value retailer B&M

Festive sales cheer for value retailer B&M

Business
Discount retailer B&M has emerged as a Christmas winner after food and other household essentials helped it grow like-for-like sales by 3.9% in the UK.Shares in the company, whose soon-to-depart chairman is former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy, rose 3% after the trading update covering the 13 weeks to 23 December.It comes a day after figures from Sir Terry’s former company fell short of City expectations, despite showing the best Christmas performance since 2010, when he was in charge.Retailers have seen mixed fortunes over the period, with food stores broadly doing well as squeezed consumers focused on essentials – leaving less left to spend on clothing and gifts at other stores.:: Christmas of contrasts for Britain's retailersB&M, which describes itself as the UK's leading general m
Value ETFs: Lost But Not Forgotten

Value ETFs: Lost But Not Forgotten

Finance
Shutterstock photoThe 2017 market has been defined by momentum-driven trends in high growth sectors such as technology and consumer discretionary stocks.  The pervasive strength can be attributed to a cadre of household names that have made impressive new highs this year.  Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix and others have crushed traditional broad-market benchmarks as their stock prices surge and volatility remains muted.As these market forces exert themselves, the concomitant effect is that conventional value stocks have shown a far more muted pace.  Companies in the energy, financial, utility, and consumer staples sectors have lagged the major indexes as investors focus on chasing the strongest performers of the year. One illustration of this is the effect is t...
PSBs look to frame common rules to value stressed assets

PSBs look to frame common rules to value stressed assets

Finance
NEW DELHI: The finance ministry is working with state-run lenders to frame a common set of rules for valuation of stressed assets for faster resolution of loans extended by consortia of banks. A senior finance ministry official said a select group of bankers is working to arrive at common rules of valuation. “It has been observed that in cases of joint lending, banks are unable to arrive at a common valuation, which stalls the resolution process. Further, individually, banks also fear that if they agree to a certain haircut, it may not stand the scrutiny of vigilance agencies,” the official said, adding that new norms will address such concerns. The group was formed during ‘PSB Manthan,’ a two-day conclave of PSBs and has representation from all leading banks. A bank executive who is p
3 Value Stocks for Retirement

3 Value Stocks for Retirement

Finance
Investing in stocks during retirement might sound risky at first. However, you can minimize that risk by focusing on the highest-quality stocks selling at a discount to their true long-term value.Of course, finding those stocks is easier said than done. So we asked three top Motley Fool investors to each pick a value stock that they believe retirees can appreciate. Read on to learn why they chose Retail Opportunity Investments (NASDAQ: ROIC) , Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) , and Ford Motor (NYSE: F) .Image source: Getty Images.This REIT won't be retiring anytime soonSteve Symington (Retail Opportunity Investments): As a real estate investment trust ( REIT ), Retail Opportunity Investments is required to return at least 90% of its income to shareholders...
Philippe Coutinho, N'Golo Kante and the players whose value soared in the Premier League

Philippe Coutinho, N'Golo Kante and the players whose value soared in the Premier League

Sports
Last season Coutinho finally played with the consistency the Anfield faithful had been dreaming of. The Brazilian’s magic had been seen in flashes previously, but he’s firmly kicked on to become one of Europe’s finest playmakers by regularly putting in match-winning performances. Barcelona had three bids rejected for his signature in the summer, the final being a staggering £114million. They’re likely to return with an even better offer in January.Friday, October 13, 2017While some can't handle the heat of the Premier League, others flourish to lift their careers to new heights.Philippe Coutinho and N'Golo Kante – both of whom are currently being linked with transfers in excess of £90million – are great examples of the English top flight's stage turning an initially, relatively u