Slug and Lettuce pub chain owner Stonegate on Thursday said it agreed to buy larger rival Ei Group for 1.27 billion pounds ($1.58 billion), taking control of some 4,000 additional pubs to become Britain's biggest pub operator.
July 18 Britain's FTSE 100 followed other major
stock markets lower on Thursday as initial batches of corporate
earnings jangled nerves over global growth, while losses for
London's mid-cap index were capped by a buyout of pub operator