SOARING SALES Low-cost airline Ryanair reported a 9 per cent rise in the number of passengers carried in April, to 12.3m.
LISTING DEALS Estate agent-backed property website On The Market has struck listing agreements with more than 7,500 branches, adding 2,000 since its February stock market debut. Visits to the site reached 13.7m in April – up from 5.5m a year earlier.
REVENUE UP Kitchen and joinery products supplier Howden Joinery increased revenues by 13 per cent in the 16 weeks to April 21.
PAIR LEAVE Chief customer officer Lysa Hardy was made redundant by fashion firm Joules, and chief commercial officer Kara Groves is leaving to join womenswear brand Mint Velvet.
PROFITS RISE Profits at Standard Chartered bank jumped to £920million in the first quarter of 2018, up 20 per cent on a year earlier. But shares fell 1 per cent, or 7.9p, to 761.4p.
FLOAT PLAN Housebuilding lender Urban Exposure is to float in London for £165million. The firm, which doles out cash to developers, will join the Aim junior stock market.
JOB SWITCH London-based lawyer and partner Richard Trobman is in the running to take over at the US titan Latham & Watkins after its boss Bill Voge quit in March over a sex scandal.
REGULATION PLEA Online currency group Crypto UK is calling on MPs to regulate the Wild West market. It says the Financial Conduct Authority should be given new powers to oversee the industry.
CHAIR QUITS The chairman of insurer Phoenix is stepping down as it does a £3.2billion deal to buy business from rival Standard Life Aberdeen. Henry Staunton, 70, will quit once a replacement has been found.
HEAD NAMED Former Barclays banker Lord Cromwell has been appointed to dole out a £775million fund intended to boost business banking competition.
Cromwell will be executive chairman of Banking Competition Remedies. The cash has been provided by the Royal Bank of Scotland to reduce its dominant market position, as a condition of its bailout by taxpayers.
HOSPITALITY GROWTH International hospitality firm PPHE Hotel Group grew revenue by 1.5 per cent to £58.4million in the three months to the end of March.