Investors' radar screens have long been clear of the one blip guaranteed to sound the alarm in financial markets: interest rate rises by central banks.
The discount retailer Family Dollar, under pressure from the activist investor Carl C. Icahn to sell itself, said its profit fell by a third as competition intensified and the company cleared inventory ahead of planned store closings.
... * FTSE 100 up 0.2 pct, but down 2.6 pct this week. * Imperial leads gainers; in talks to buy assets. * M&A activity also lifts Friends Life, Unilever.
Brent crude-oil prices fell again on Friday though data from a top energy agency which pointed toward rising future demand for oil spurred a partial rally.
Global oil demand will rise at the fastest pace in five years in 2015 as Chinese consumption expands and emerging economies strengthen, the International Energy Agency said.