Trying to lose some of the festive flab after binging on biscuits at Christmas? Garmin might have the answer with the launch of two new smartwatches aimed at getting you fitter than an Olympian. The latest wearables to join Gamin’s range are the fēnix 7 and more premium “epix” devices, which come packed with features to help you push yourself to the limit.

Both of these tech timepieces include clever Real-Time Stamina tracking which guides you during your daily exercise routines to make sure you have enough energy left to get over the finishing line. Then there’s the new Visual Race Predictor feature which takes into account running history and overall fitness to provide race estimates and insights into how your training is progressing.

Once you’ve finished that run around the park, the watches will also offer advice on how long to rest thanks to its in-built Recovery Time Advisor. This checks training intensity and other factors like stress, daily activity and sleep to estimate the number of hours of rest needed to properly recover before strapping on those trainers again.

Finally, if you need some motivation, these devices offer Daily Workout Suggestions which gives recommendations on what you should try next to hit your goals.

Like almost all smartwatches, the new fēnix 7 and epix also include full heart tracking, steps taken each day and calories burned during your runs or bike rides. They will also monitor your stress levels and how much shut-eye you’re getting at night which could reveal why you’re feeling your best when you wake up.

If you’re worried about battery life then Garmin has that covered with the fēnix 7 offering up to 5 weeks of power on a single charge.

There are also solar models in the range that get extended life thanks to a battery boost via the sun. Even the epix, which features an OLED screen, boasts a 16-day battery life which is considerably more than rivals such as the Apple Watch and Galaxy Watch.

Other features worth mentioning include GPS for improved tracking, a tough scratch-resistant design that includes both a touch screen and physical buttons plus you’ll receive all of your smartphone notifications right from your wrist.

The larger fēnix 7X even comes packed with an integrated quick-access multi-LED flashlight to help owners see in the dark.

“We have been committed to helping athletes pursue their passions since the introduction of the fēnix 10 years ago, and we remain steadfast in our mission to bring innovative tools to the wrists of those it was designed for,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “The fēnix 7 Series brings cutting-edge training and multisport features to the wrist. With its latest design upgrade, Garmin’s best-in-class performance metrics and health/wellness tracking, fēnix 7 provides serious athletes everything they need for peak performance.”

Prices for the fēnix 7 start from £599, while the more premium epic costs £899.



BUSINESS CLOSE: FCA probes market data costs; Games Workshop beats expectations; Darktrace boosts guidance

The FTSE 100 index closed up 0.62 per cent or 46.12 points to 7,491.37 this afternoon.  

Britain’s financial watchdog is set to investigate cost and access to investment benchmarks and indices, as well as credit ratings and other market data, amid concerns that failings in the markets are ‘increasing costs for investors, including, ultimately, pension savers’.

It follows a ‘call for input’, which saw the Financial Conduct Authority told that limited competition in the markets for benchmarks and indices, credit ratings and trading data may increase costs for investors and affect investment choices.

Games Workshop surpassed expectations in the six months to the end of November, with investors having expected the company to struggle to beat its 2020 efforts, as pre-tax profits came in 3 per cent head of guidance at £88.2million.

Analysts welcomed a strong outlook for Games Workshop, which indicated that headwinds are now abating with currency flattening off, capacity increasing, and freight and supply chain issues stabilising.

Newly-listed cybersecurity company Darktrace has raised its full-year outlook for revenue guidance and earnings margin, following strong customer growth and retention in the first half of the year.

The group which listed in April last year said it now expected its 2022 annual recurring revenue to rise by between 37 per cent and 38.5 per cent, up from previous guidance of 34 per cent to 36 per cent. It sees its earnings margin at between 3 per cent to 6 per cent, from previous guidance of 2 per cent to 5 per cent.

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Games Workshop produces tabletop strategy game Warhammer

Games Workshop produces tabletop strategy game Warhammer 




Property boom spells good news for Savills: Surge in sales and profits as residential and commercial buyers snap up high-end homes and warehouses

  • Savills said 2021 profit would be ‘very significantly’ ahead of previous forecasts
  • The group added that central London property market had also been strong  

Savills experienced an ‘extraordinary strong’ sales period in the UK and across Asia Pacific in the final few weeks of 2021.

In a trading update, the high-end estate agency group said its full year performance had been ‘very significantly’ ahead of expectations.

The group reiterated that it had been able to benefit from ‘substantially lower levels’ of discretionary expenditure in respect of travel, entertaining and marketing events, but it expects these costs to return to near pre-pandemic by the end of the year.

Savills expects its underlying pre-tax profit for 2021 to be ‘very significantly ahead’ of the upper end of its previous range of expectations, but gave no ballpark figures today.

Strong sales: Savills has said it experienced an 'extraordinary strong' sales period in the UK and across the Asia Pacific

Strong sales: Savills has said it experienced an ‘extraordinary strong’ sales period in the UK and across the Asia Pacific

Shares in the FTSE 250-listed company rose sharply today and were up over 8 per cent to 1,435.00p this afternoon.

The group saw a surge in residential and commercial buyers looking to snap up high-end homes and warehouses as 2021 drew to a close. For many commercial buyers, warehouse space has become increasingly vital amid a surge in online shopping.

Businesses have been flocking to snap up more warehouse space, while a high number of residential buyers sought out idyllic retreats in the countryside during the pandemic. 

However, Savills said sales in the pricey central London property market had also held up well.

It said: ‘The UK prime residential market continued to perform exceptionally strongly through the last quarter and volumes in the Prime Central London market clearly began to improve. 

‘Currently there is a definite shortage of sale stock, so despite outperformance in 2021, our expectation of a moderation of activity in 2022 remains intact.’ 

Data from the Office for National Statistics published in December revealed that London remained the most expensive area in the country in October, with homes coming in with average price tags of £516,000. 

On Savills’ website today, some properties for sale in London are listed as ‘price on application’, but the property commanding the highest visible price tag in the capital at present comes with an asking price of over £39million. 

Capital sales: Savills said sales in London had been strong

Capital sales: Savills said sales in London had been strong 

The group said its Asia Pacific business performed well ahead of its expectations.

Hong Kong sales activity and market share remained strong through the period, and Australia, Singapore and Japan also enjoyed strong trading activity in the final quarter, it added.

For the year ahead, the group has maintained its outlook. It said inflationary pressures in many markets will result in employment costs increasing at the highest rate for many years and thinks discretionary costs will ‘progressively normalise’. 

The group added: ‘In respect of trading revenues, at this stage, we anticipate some normalisation of commercial capital transaction volumes and a moderation of levels of activity in some residential markets, particularly in the UK.’

Peel Hunt analysts believe the group’s annual 2021 pre-tax profit could come in at up to £190million, which is 33 per cent higher than the figure reported for 2019. The estate agency group will publish its annual results on 10 March.