FTSE 100 giant Hammerson, which also controls Brent Cross in London and Bicester Village as well as sites in Ireland and France, is paying £3.4billion for smaller rival Intu, whose presence in Spain has been growing. The combined group will have property assets worth £21billion, although it is looking to offload at least £2billion worth of sites to boost its coffers and provide funding for higher growth targets.
The blockbuster deal, valuing Regal at £2.7billion excluding debt, catapults FTSE 250 chain Cineworld into the North American cinema market, the biggest box office arena worth over $10billion annually since 2008 with more than 1.25 billion admissions each year. It creates the world’s second biggest cinema operator with 9,542 screens across the US and Europe, behind America’s AMC which last year bought Odeon and UCI in a deal worth £921million.
But despite these distractions, it was the numbers delivered earlier in the first Autumn Budget for 21 years that provide a sobering assessment of Britain’s economic prospects. The nation’s relatively weak productivity is well known, but the Office for Budget Responsibility figures point to the most sluggish growth – at below two per cent – over a forecast period in the modern era. Government borrowing may be lower than expected this year, but the longer-term trend is upwards.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".