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Primark owner Associated British Foods sees profits jump image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 07:00:40 AM
....3bn. ABF said profit growth in the second half would be "tempered" by the weaker pound pushing up the cost of imports. ...
Lloyds to shrink hundreds of UK branches to two staff image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 3rd of April 2017 06:29:14 PM
....3bn bailout at the height of the financial crisis in 2008. This includes about £500m in payouts to shareholders since the bank resumed paying dividends in 2014 as it has returned to profit growth in recent years. ...
Johnston Press reports £300m loss after huge newspaper writedown image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 08:59:13 AM
.... The writedown reduces the value of Johnston Press’s publishing titles to £120m, excluding the i, and other print assets to £20m. The cut-price national title, which increased paid-for sales by 5% despite a 10p price rise last year, has seen accelerating profit growth and is forecast to make potentially almost £8m profit this year. ...
What next for Next? Decline, if it comes, should still be profitable | Nils Pratley image
.... Indeed, much lower: 8% growth per share annually will do for 2017-19 and, note, that’s a cumulative figure. Naturally, the pay committee offered excuses for its generosity: Crest Nicholson has just enjoyed a period of exceptional profit growth; the pace can’t be sustained; and executives will also be shooting at targets for returns on capital. ...
Crest Nicholson to pay bonuses despite shareholder revolt image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 07:10:32 PM
....ISS said the profit target had been lowered “without any compelling rationale provided by the company”. Crest Nicholson’s remuneration report outlined further plans to cut the target for pre-tax profit growth from 16%-20% a year ago to 5%-8% for the 2017 to 2019 period, citing challenging trading conditions. ...
Supermarket tycoon Sir Ken Morrison dies aged 85 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 12:44:02 PM
....Morrison had no time for modern fancies such as online retailing, but bought up abattoirs, vegetable packing sheds and pie-making factories as a way of keeping waste to a minimum. From when the company floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1967, it enjoyed almost four decades of unbroken sales and profit growth. ...
Five on Brexit Island lifts WH Smith sales as adult colouring books fade image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 11:47:01 AM
....Clarke said the group was up against the toughest year-on-year sales comparisons in more than a decade, after the first rise in Christmas like-for-like sales at high street in 12 years last year, fuelled by the colouring craze. “As a result of the performance in travel we expect group profit growth for the year to be slightly ahead of plan,” Clarke said. ...
ITV Studios: is the glitter coming off broadcaster's hit factory? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of November 2016 12:18:45 PM
.... The US has been Crozier’s main market for international expansion, with hundreds of millions of pounds spent buying the makers of shows including Duck Dynasty, Pawn Stars and Cake Boss. ITV prompted further concern by saying profit growth at ITV Studios, which has increased from £91m in 2009 to an expected £250m this year, will flatline in 2017. ...
Ex-Autonomy director accused by US prosecutors of elaborate financial fraud image
....From October 2009, prosecutors allege that Hussain, together with others, “engaged in a fraudulent scheme to deceive” investors in Autonomy. The objective was to ensure Autonomy exceeded the quarterly projections for its revenue and profit growth, “to maintain and increase the defendant’s position within the company, to enrich themselves and others through bonuses, salaries and options”, and to make Autonomy more attractive to potential purchasers and HP. ...
A post-Brexit recovery – for Gove at least image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 6th of November 2016 07:00:09 AM
....”. Competition is increasing and Berenberg analysts said: “Following two years of investment, management has targeted profit growth from 2018 and beyond. ...
Sky to pre-register customers before it launches mobile service image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of October 2016 12:24:10 PM
....”. Mobile is a key market for additional revenue and profit growth for Sky, which along with BT paid more than £5bn for Premier League rights last year, a 70% increase on the previous deal. ...
BA owner IAG's profits hit by weak pound image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 29th of July 2016 07:24:51 AM
...."This led to a softer than expected trading environment, especially in June," said IAG chief executive Willie Walsh. The airline group has also scaled back its forecasts for profit growth across 2016. ...
Microsoft's cloud unit boosts profits image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of July 2016 08:45:49 PM
.... . Investors had not been expecting significant company-wide profit growth, but were looking for gains from the cloud computing division called Azure. ...
'Ikea of Africa' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of July 2016 08:51:13 AM
.... . Steinhoff's relentless expansion by acquisitions has provided a solid basis for profit growth as well. ...
Go-Ahead shares slide as Thameslink train division costs rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of June 2016 09:02:35 AM
....Brown said margins would improve as the contract wears on but Go-Ahead no longer expects to make up profit shortfalls. He said overall the company would have strong profit growth in the financial year to 2 July, in line with market expectations. ...
Merlin could exit FTSE in reshuffle image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 30th of May 2016 08:58:00 AM
....4 per cent to £285million in the year to December 26. Overall, profit growth at the group was also held back by the accident, with pre-tax profits edging 0. ...
City news: Supergroup shares, TalkTalk, ITV success and gold rush image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 13th of May 2016 09:54:00 AM
.... Chief executive Adam Crozier flagged a “healthy pipeline” of new and returning programmes, including Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman. He said: “ITV is now a much stronger and more diverse business and we expect to deliver good profit growth in the first half. ...
ITV revenues rise 14% to £755m but it warns over Brexit fears image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of May 2016 06:54:38 AM
....Sales growth was driven by a strong performance at the company’s television production arm, ITV Studios. Non-advertising revenue rose 34% to £428m, and ITV said it expects to deliver profit growth in the first half of the year. ...
Four Seasons Health Care 'likely to be taken over by creditors' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of May 2016 04:35:34 PM
....Tim Snow, a senior analyst at Moody’s, warned the outlook for the group was opaque because the introduction of the “national living wage” (NLW) has led to an increase in costs and it is not clear whether councils will help to fund this by increasing the fees they pay towards residents’ care. He said profit growth over the next two years would not be substantial and was “subject to vulnerabilities” and that Four Seasons’ ability to raise money by selling off property was diminishing. ...
Share Hunter: Progress as Tesco stocking up on positivity image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 17th of April 2016 06:02:00 PM
....Progress has been made over the past year, particularly in rebuilding its customer appeal, with lower, simpler pricing, better availability and refreshed ranges. As a result, sales turned positive for the first time in three years in the final quarter, but profit growth is still elusive. ...
JP Morgan profit falls on US oil loans image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of April 2016 12:39:28 PM
....Other factors are also hurting the banking industry including the low interest rate environment, and a slowdown in global growth, particularly in emerging markets. Banks also say that the rising cost of regulation and requirements to hold more funds in reserve are hampering profit growth. ...
Education minister's Hecs gaffe forgivable as long as he doesn't forget rising tide of debt image
....And certainly that policy did open up students to a great deal of shonky behaviour and skyrocketing fees. A parliamentary review of the program found that many private vocational educational operators were viewing the use of Help loans as a means of profit growth – with the costs of some courses increasing by as much as $18,000. ...
New M&S boss brands latest clothing sales fall 'unsatisfactory' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 7th of April 2016 06:59:30 AM
.... “Fixing M&S’s general merchandise conundrum, notably the sustained brand corrosion, will not be an easy or quick process,” he said. “The solutions revolve around product, merchandising, marketing and price to the extent that M&S can engineer positive change that delivers sustainable same-store and then trading profit growth. ...
M&S says clothing sales 'unsatisfactory' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 7th of April 2016 06:40:44 AM
.... . "The solutions somewhat obviously revolve around product, merchandising, marketing and price to the extent that M&S can engineer a necessary process of positive change that delivers sustainable same-store and then trading profit growth in general merchandise. ...
Financial sector confidence about UK economy drops sharply image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 28th of March 2016 11:01:00 PM
....Overall, more financial services firms reported that profits had increased rather than fallen. But with a net balance of just +13% reporting an increase, profit growth appeared to have slowed from the previous quarter, when the balance was +42%. ...
Kingfisher taking keen interest in Homebase's new Australian owner image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of March 2016 08:19:06 AM
.... The company said it was now selling the final 30%, subject to regulatory approval in China, for £60m. Laury, said: “We have delivered a good ‘business as usual’ result with both sales and profit growth in constant currencies, driven by our performance in Poland and the UK, driven largely by Screwfix, and a stable performance in France. ...
FTSE heads for 2016 high but Randgold and Fresnillo fall image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of March 2016 09:55:30 AM
.... While Debenhams has self-help opportunities (space optimisation; operating efficiencies and mark down), we expect these to be offset by material wage inflation and margin reinvestment back into differentiating the offer. With little profit growth expected over the medium term, we cut to sell (from reduce). ...
Trinity Mirror: low costs mean New Day could be profitable this year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 29th of February 2016 07:56:00 AM
....”. “I am pleased with the profit growth we delivered in 2015 despite the challenging print environment,” said Fox. ...
City news: Northern town’s economy troubles, ITV profits and HMRC  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 29th of February 2016 12:01:00 AM
....2 per cent in the 10 months to October 31. Chief executive Adam Crozier previously forecast a bright financial picture for the full-year, stating “another year of doubledigit profit growth” could be on the cards. ...
Standard Chartered falls £1.1bn into red image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of February 2016 07:35:00 PM
.... Bill Winters, the former JP Morgan banker brought in last summer to revive its fortunes, has already announced “aggressive and decisive actions” including plans to axe 15,000 jobs from Standard’s 86,000 global workforce. He described the 2015 results at Standard, which achieved a decade of unbroken profit growth until 2013, as “poor” and predicted a “subdued” performance this year. ...
Mixed fortunes for beer giants image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of February 2016 08:31:26 AM
....The company said it will unveil its new strategy for growth to investors on 16 March. Heineken said it expected to deliver further organic revenue and profit growth, despite an increasingly challenging external environment. ...
Turkey bookings slump hits Tui Group image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of February 2016 07:52:54 AM
....Instead, holidaymakers were heading to areas such as Spain and the Canaries. Despite the fall, Tui expects underlying annual profit growth of 10%. ...
GlaxoSmithKline boss: company is not headed for break-up... yet image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of February 2016 04:33:44 PM
.... The pharmaceuticals giant has come under increasing pressure to slim down by hiving off some of its consumer brands, following a long period of underperformance, but Sir Andrew said that the positive annual results showed that the restructuring process he has been spearheading is paying off. GSK is on track to return to profit growth in 2016, following five years of decline. ...
Pick-up trucks and SUVs lift GM profits image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of February 2016 03:35:13 PM
....Almost all of GM's profits were earned in North America. Much of that profit growth was due to a 16% rise in sales of SUVs and pick-up trucks in the US. ...
AstraZeneca's lung cancer pill wins speedy EU approval image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of February 2016 12:01:50 PM
.... . AstraZeneca, which will report its full-year results on Thursday, believes it can increase investment in research and development without sacrificing profit growth. ...
Financial stocks drag FTSE 100 sharply lower image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of February 2016 08:28:29 AM
.... The pharmaceuticals giant has come under increasing pressure to slim down by hiving off some of its consumer brands, following a long period of underperformance, but Sir Andrew said that the positive annual results showed that the restructuring process he has been spearheading is paying off. GSK is on track to return to profit growth in 2016, following five years of decline. ...
Sainsbury's returns with £1.3bn offer for Argos image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of February 2016 08:07:53 AM
.... • Six things you need to know about Sainsbury's bid for Home Retail Group . The combined group is targeting double-digit profit growth by the third year of the merger, when annual cost savings will be around £120m, Sainsbury's said. ...
Ryanair slashes ticket costs to lure new customers  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 1st of February 2016 02:10:00 PM
....The firm today announced customer numbers had jumped by 20 per cent over the past year, and profits by an incredible 110 per cent. Chief executive Michael O’Leary, said: “We are pleased to report that our low fares policy delivered strong Q3 traffic and profit growth. ...
In charts: what happens to share prices after a dividend cut?  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 1st of February 2016 08:26:46 AM
....” . They said an “environment ripe for over-distribution of dividends” had been driven by poor profit growth, the availability of cheap debt and “investors’ insatiable thirst for income in a world where income is scarce”. ...
PZ Cussons shares slump 13pc on volatility in Africa image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of January 2016 01:17:53 PM
.... . In Africa, PZ Cussons's home and personal care business, which includes soaps and detergents, performed robustly, while its milk-based drinks and palm oil operations showed good profit growth. ...
FTSE 100 rebounds as oil rallies above $32 and traders shrug off panic selling in China image
Questor share tip: Fever-Tree shares soar on tonic demand image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 25th of January 2016 05:11:22 PM
....8m, up from £10m. Looking to the year ahead, expectations are for sales and profit growth to slow to about 20pc. ...
WH Smith enjoys festive cheer on the high street image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of January 2016 08:08:46 AM
.... . "As a result of the strong sales performance in High Street over the five-week Christmas period, we expect profit growth for the year to be slightly ahead of plan," said Stephen Clarke, WH Smith chief executive. ...
Foreign exchange drains profits at Experian image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 15th of January 2016 09:01:51 AM
.... . It has forecast that profit growth will shrink 11pc by the end of the financial year, which lands in March 2016. ...
Intel shares slide after earnings image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 15th of January 2016 12:24:18 AM
....Earlier this week, market research firm IDC had announced that global demand for PC shipments fell by a record amount in the fourth quarter of last year. Meanwhile, Intel's strong profit growth of $3. ...
New year nightmare for traders as FTSE suffers worst week since August image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 8th of January 2016 07:24:01 PM
.... . In April, when Tesco posts its full-year results, analysts think it could bring “more colour” on cost savings targets, which would add more visibility to its future profit growth. ...
What the end of the financial crisis means for investors image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 31st of December 2015 06:45:07 PM
.... Set against this, with US interest rates finally starting to rise and the possibility that modest inflation starts to be priced into markets as commodity prices trough, government bond returns may no longer be positive. At the same time, equities, having risen so dramatically largely as a result of increased valuations rather than powerful profit growth, are looking fully valued. ...
Tui makes emotional terror attacks statement as it posts strong figures image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of December 2015 01:46:16 PM
....The Tunisia attack cost the company €52m (£38m), Tui said, and it expected profits also to be affected by the presumed bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt. Tui previously forecast profit growth of up to 15% but said the cancellation of flights into Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh would mean growth was no more than 10%. ...
Tui optimistic despite terror attacks image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 10th of December 2015 09:25:56 AM
....The world's largest tourism group, Tui, has given an optimistic outlook for its business, despite the terror attacks seen this year. The owner of the Thomson and First Choice brands said it expected underlying profit growth of at least 10% in the current financial year. ...
Monarch has levelled out from a near fatal tailspin image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 7th of December 2015 08:56:22 PM
.... But Monarch’s survival shows that there is a need for investment firms who have a higher risk appetite than most and are willing to bank-roll such projects. Rather than the loss of the remaining 3,000 jobs, Monarch is now forecasting further profit growth, helped by lower fuel costs. ...
Questor share tip: Hold AG Barr as sales recover image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 4th of December 2015 09:44:26 AM
.... The attractive points with shares in AG Barr are the strong balance sheet and cash generation. The worry is that a multiple of 19 times earnings reflects past glories of steady profit growth rather than the reality of much slower growth this year and a highly competitive landscape. ...
Giraffe losses add to Tesco woes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of December 2015 07:46:21 PM
.... Debts rose to £97m from £15m, primarily as a result of borrowings to fund the buy-out of the Sociomantic online advertising data service. Tesco said: “These accounts show a good performance for the year to February 2015, with underlying profit growth of 4%. ...
Zizzi owner shrugs off ferocious casual dining competition to grow profits image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 30th of November 2015 09:08:28 AM
.... . “A lot of it is reinvestment in the business,” Steve Holmes, chief executive, said of the profit growth. ...
Two weeks that will shake the world image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 29th of November 2015 07:00:26 PM
.... . Ms Richards said it was “quite conceivable” the distortion in bond markets can continue for quite some time, just as it has done in Japan for the past 20 years, and that a potential December rise had more to do with “putting a little bit in the toolkit” as the US economy is looking late-cycle with flat profit growth and investment. ...
John Menzies issues profits warning image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of November 2015 10:47:54 AM
....It warned full-year profits could be £2m lower than previously forecast. However, it reported strong profit growth at its US hubs, while its distribution arm was "delivering ahead of forecast". ...
Ted Baker sales soar on overseas store openings image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 19th of November 2015 04:32:04 PM
....Shares in Ted Baker, which rose slightly on Thursday after the quarterly update, have more than doubled in value since August last year. Analysts anticipate underlying profit growth of about 19% for the year, but the company has said its full-year results will depend on Christmas trading. ...
City News: ITV, New Look, national grid and Premier Foods image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of November 2015 06:13:00 PM
. The broadcaster is on course for “strong double-digit profit growth” this year after an eight per cent rise in advertising revenue during the third quarter. ...
Rugby World Cup boosts ITV revenues image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of November 2015 08:07:29 AM
....It forecast revenue would be up by at least 5% in the full year, outperforming the overall market. Adam Crozier, chief executive of ITV said: "We're on track for another year of double digit profit growth as we continue to strengthen ITV in the UK and internationally. ...
ITV gets a boost from Rugby World Cup image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of November 2015 07:58:36 AM
.... . "We're on track for another year of double digit profit growth as we continue to strengthen ITV in the UK and internationally," he said. ...
Questor share tip: One of the UKs best performing shares might just surprise you image
.... . Dignity shares trade on a PE ratio of 23, falling to 21 times next year, and that looks high, given single-digit revenue and profit growth. ...
Britain's largest firms failing to disclose bonus criteria image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 9th of November 2015 12:01:06 AM
.... Under the 2013 disclosure rules, this excuses companies from a requirement to spell out performance pay measures. But PwC in a report entitled “Sunlight is the best disinfectant”, a PwC partner Fiona Camenzuli said that data from the past two years showed that those businesses with the fullest disclosure were also the best at tying bonuses to profit growth. ...
Marks and Spencer clothes sales drop again as shoppers remain unimpressed image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of November 2015 10:14:00 AM
....But at the moment the investment only appears to be benefiting food sales, as the retailer appears to be unable to appeal to a new generation of clothes shoppers despite pulling out all the stops with star-stubbed advertising campaigns. Mr Bolland today said: "We delivered good underlying profit growth in the first half and made strong progress against our key priorities. ...
Marks & Spencer soothes shareholders with pay-out  despite sales slip image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of November 2015 07:29:52 AM
.... . “We delivered good underlying profit growth in the first-half and made strong progress against our key priorities,” said Marc Bolland, chief executive. ...
Shire to acquire US rare drugs maker Dyax for $6bn image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 2nd of November 2015 02:05:39 PM
VW scandal: the winners and losers, from carmakers to car owners image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 30th of October 2015 06:43:14 PM
....”. In the UK, one major car dealership, Lookers, reported continuing profit growth on Friday, leading the City analysts at Peel Hunt to conclude: “While some suggested that the VW crisis would have a major impact on the motor trade, [this] suggests that its progress remains strong . ...
British Airways owner IAG unveils first ever dividend payment image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 29th of October 2015 01:42:11 PM
.... . Introducing regular shareholder pay-outs demonstrates IAG’s confidence in its profit growth, which will come into sharp focus tomorrow when the airlines group is expected to post a jump in third-quarter profit. ...
City News: Shop direct, Bloomsbury Publishing and Shoe Zone  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of October 2015 12:01:00 AM
....8million in the year to October 3 compared with a year ago. Analysts at Numis said: “We expect the store portfolio strategy, falling rental costs and product range development to deliver profit growth over the next couple of years. ...
Debenhams boss to step down in 2016 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of October 2015 06:29:06 AM
.... He has also built the firm's international presence. But the firm has seen little sales and profit growth in recent years, and its shares, though up a third over the last year at around 81 pence, are well down on their November 2012 peak of 124 pence. ...
Market Report: Investors cheer as Al Noor health care battle hots up image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of October 2015 05:27:50 PM
.... . Gavin Jago, of Peel Hunt, said: “We expect operating profit growth to be the highest in the sector over the three years to December 2018, compared to the sector average of 36pc. ...
YouGov sales soar despite failure to predict Tory election win image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of October 2015 11:55:47 AM
....It also identified encouraging growth in the Asia-Pacific region after expanding into new offices in Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney. The chief executive, Stephan Shakespeare, said: “We are pleased to report another year of strong organic revenue and profit growth reflecting clients’ demand for our portfolio of global data products as well as for our custom research services. ...

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