Persimmon chairman Duncan Davidson has reaped nearly £3.6m from the sale of a chunk of his shareholding in the housebuilder
Davidson sold 800,000 shares at an average price of 448p. But this still left him with a stake comprising 16,605,830 shares – 5.9% of the issued share capital of Persimmon.

If these remaining shares were sold at the same price, Davidson would raise £74.4m. But, in a statement to the stock exchange, Persimmon said: "Mr Davidson has informed the company that he has no present intention of selling further shares."

The announcement, made last Friday, had little impact on a good week in the City for Persimmon; its share price rose 6.9% to 465p.

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