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Centrica signs £7bn import deal; Lloyds Banking Group plc and NatWest provide recovery loans; Aviva increases its dividend by 40%; £45bn erased from AIM

By on August 10, 2022 0

1. Centrica signs 15-year LNG deal with Delfin

The UK’s largest domestic gas supplier through its British Gas and Scottish Gas brands, Centrica has agreed to buy one million tonnes of LNG for the next 15 years on a free on board basis.

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2. Lloyds and NatWest first major banks to provide UK stimulus loans

The new iteration of the scheme, which will run until June 2024, is designed to help companies with a turnover of less than £45m access funding for investment, recovery, growth and cash flow management.

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3. Aviva increases its dividend by 40%, takeover expected at the end of the year

The life insurer and pension provider also said it plans to launch the share buyback at the end of the financial year, the extent of which will be determined by the board of directors later this year.

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4. The FTSE 100 closes above 7,500

At the close, the UK blue chip index was up 18.96 points or 0.3% at 7,507.11, below the session’s high of 7,520.72 but above the low. of the day at 7,468.64 as US stocks rebounded strongly after a July CPI reading came in lower than expected.

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5. AIM sees £45billion worth wiped out in first half

Soaring inflation, steadily rising interest rates and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted pissed off investors to sell, reducing the market value of the index to £105bn from 150 billion pounds in early January.

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