Business news: Sports Direct and Watkin Jones
The ninth-generation family business, based in Bangor, Wales, believes a listing will raise its profile and provide a platform for growth. It will be valued at about £255million. Since 1999 it has built more than 28,000 student beds at 88 sites across ...
Oil prices spike on output meeting
Oil prices have reversed losses following a confirmation of a meeting between big oil producers in March. Venezuelan officials confirmed that Russia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have agreed to meet next month. Oil prices have tumbled 70% since mid-2014 due ...
Wesfarmers offers $706m for UK hardware business Homebase
If the takeover proceeds, Wesfarmers intends to invest in Homebase to create a new Bunnings-branded business over the next three-five years. The Australian conglomerate has extensive experience in hardware from its very successful Bunnings chain, but ...
Wesfarmers takes first step offshore with Bunnings UK push
Market reacts warily to Wesfarmers' $700m Homebase bid
Wesfarmers sets its sights on UK hardware
Microsoft is going to start pushing Windows 10 onto small businesses
Small business users who run either Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro will start to see promotional pop-ups for Windows 10 in an effort to encourage upgrades. Microsoft describes this as "making it easier for small businesses to upgrade to Windows 10.".