??There is no denying that weather patterns can have a significant impact on retail businesses. The unseasonably cold weather in the UK this spring caused a sharp decline in footfall on the highstreet and has left beer gardens at pub companies decidedly empty.
After a strong first quarter global equity markets experienced some volatility during April but the MSCI World Index managed to gain 0.7% over the month. Most regional stock markets delivered similar returns with the exception of Japan and the emerging markets.
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