Shares in Compass Group were down on the FTSE 100 in afternoon trading ahead of the catering company's full year results, due out tomorrow.

Last month the group said it expected organic revenue growth to be around three per cent for the full year period, with growth in emerging markets expected to be a significant contribution to that.

Keith Bowman, analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said of tomorrow's results, "Few surprises are expected. Any comments in relation to rising food commodity prices, a major group cost, would disappoint on the downside. Continued healthy cash flow, however, could allow for a bigger than expected rise in the dividend. Market consensus opinion currently denotes a strong hold ahead of the results."

By 16:20 shares in Compass were down 1.58 per cent on the FTSE 100 to 530.50 pence per share.