budget impasse drags on. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on * The UK blue chip index closed up 11.54 points, or 0.2 percent, at 6,449.04 points on Thursday. * President Barack Obama met Republican and Democrat leaders in Congress but reiterated in a speech that he would not give in to Republican demands to roll back his healthcare programme in exchange for reopening the government. * The U.S. government shutdown has led to a delay in the closely-watched non-farm payrolls data, which is normally due for release on Friday. No major domestic economic data is due on Friday. * BARCLAYS : The British bank is expected to sell at least 300 million pounds ($487 million) of its shares in the market on Friday, as it finds a home for shares not taken by existing investors in a 6 billion pound fundraising. * UK CORPORATE DIARY: TATE & LYLE issues a trading update. JOHN WOOD GROUP issues a trading update. TODAY’S UK PAPERS > Financial Times > Other business headlines Multimedia versions of Reuters Top News are now available for: * 3000 Xtra : visit* BridgeStation: view story .134(Reporting by Tricia Wright; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)
Credit: Reuters/Luke MacGregor By Olesya Dmitracova LONDON | Fri Oct 4, 2013 11:05am BST LONDON (Reuters) – New car sales in Britain soared to their highest level in more than five years last month, lifted by a brighter outlook for the economy, attractive financing deals and demand for new fuel-efficient models. New car registrations surged 12.1 percent compared with a year ago to 403,136 units, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said on Friday. That is the highest monthly level since March 2008, just before Britain plunged into its deepest recession in generations. September is a key month for Britain’s auto industry as it marks a twice-yearly change in registration plates. Nonetheless, the trade body and analysts think the improvement is unlikely to tail off. “As we head into the quieter months, I suspect we’ll see sales hold firm, keeping the UK market zooming ahead of our European counterparts,” said Richard Lowe, head of retail and wholesale at Barclays. Solid car trade in Britain contrasts with a decline in Germany, Europe’s biggest car market, and the gap between the two is narrowing as a result. So far this year, 1.79 million new cars have been sold in Britain, compared with 2.22 million in Germany. The latter was 6 percent fewer than at the same point last year. Ford’s Fiesta claimed the top spot in Britain’s best-seller list in September, followed by General Motors-owned Vauxhall’s Corsa and Ford’s Focus, reflecting motorists’ budget-conscious approach. Britain’s economy has shown signs of accelerating growth in recent months after several patchy years, with rising optimism unleashing pent-up consumer demand and boosting spending. “This is the 19th consecutive month of steady growth (in car sales) and, with fleet and business demand still to reach pre-recession levels, we believe the performance to be sustainable,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. Sales of new cars in Britain have been supported this year by high fuel prices, low interest rates and compensation to victims of a banking scandal. (Reporting by Olesya Dmitracova, editing by Jeremy Gaunt)
Lidl UK Lists Black Pudding Nationwide as Customers Snap up Nostalgic British Food
Markets open in 3 hrs 19 mins Lidl UK Lists Black Pudding Nationwide as Customers Snap up Nostalgic British Food Press Release: Lidl UK GMBH 1 hour 11 minutes ago Print LONDON, October 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Lidl UK has listed Black Pudding in all stores across the UK as the traditional product storms its way back onto Great British menus. Since going on sale in June for 99p, an average of 10 black puddings have been sold every minute in Lidl stores, with the exception of Saturday mornings when it shoots up to 26 black puddings. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131004/643612 ) Celebrity Chef Nick Nairn says: “It’s becoming a hugely popular ingredient with the revival of traditional dishes and hearty, gastro pub food, as well as the rise in artisan food producers. We are more interested in where our food comes from these days, which can only be a good thing, and we’re more likely to trust a small, reputable producer.” The Black Pudding comes under Lidl UK’s own label, Hazelmeade Farm, and is produced for them by the family-run supplier, Pork Traders, in Liverpool. Now in its 3rd generation of family management, the business was started in the late 1940s by Jack Ellis Morphet, the grandfather of the current owner, Ellis Morphet. Pork Traders produces the same Black Pudding for a number of high-end hotels such as the Montcalm hotel in Central London under the Oakwell brand, but this is the first time they have produced Black Pudding for a supermarket. Owner of Pork Traders, Ellis Morphet, says, “We make the black pudding to the same family recipe my grandfather used in the 1940s. We use fresh blood, rather than dried, which we source from my uncle’s slaughterhouse three miles away, because it adds a better texture than with dried – it’s more moist, and more delicious. The fresh blood is added to the cooked pearl barley, chopped bacon trim and pork fat and onions and then the ingredients mixed together with carefully selected herbs and spices to give it its special flavour.” Not just for breakfast, Black Pudding is a versatile ingredient recommended to be eaten with scallops, squid, white fish, and peas. Sales of traditional British foods have experienced a boom this year due to economic austerity and as a result of cooking programmes inspiring a generation of people to cook. @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the “Enter symbol/company” at the bottom of this module. You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes.