Babcock International Group, an engineering support services company, believes that it is well placed to gain from the size of its business, the width of its experience and track record of delivering operational and financial effectiveness in the current economic environment.
Bellway, the housebuilder, enters the second half of the year with an order book of £423 million, having already reserved or legally completed 83% of this year's target, with an expectation to reach double digit operating margin for the six months to 31 January.
Compass Group, the contract foodservice and support services group, has recently secured 'A-' long-term corporate credit rating from Standard and Poor's and remains very optimistic about the opportunities to grow the business.
A G Barr, the manufacturer, distributor and seller of soft drinks, expects like-for-like total sales in the final quarter to be more than 12 per cent ahead of the previous year and said it is on track to meet expectations for 2012.
BowLeven, the oil and gas exploration company, said that it is more convinced than ever about the exploration and development potential of its acreage and it looks forward to pursuing the opportunities its Cameroon acreage position holds.
British gas prices fell on fears of slump in demand as much as 13 percent on Thursday below the seasonal norms and also due to weak global economic data, which drew down the wider energy complex, including British gas futures.
MITIE Group, the strategic outsourcing and energy services company, had a positive financial year so far driven by the award and retention of a number of significant contracts, which strengthen its strategy to invest in its integrated facilities and energy management capabilities.
NEXT PLC, the Britain's second-largest clothing retailer, has delivered a solid performance in sales and profits combined with exceptional advances in earnings per share and dividends even in a difficult year.
Kingfisher, the home improvement retailer, has reported a rise of 3.3 percent in its sales for the FY 2011 on a constant currency basis and rose 3.6 percent to £10.8 billion on a reported rate basis sales.
Premier Oil, a leading FTSE 250 independent exploration and production company, has reported its record after-tax profits of US$171.2 million for the year ending December 31, 2011, up from US$129.8 million in 2010. Operating cash flows increased by 11.4 per cent to US$485.9 million, up from US$436.0 million in 2010.
Wolseley, the specialist trade distributor of plumbing and heating products, is expected to report an increased half yearly earnings with a more bullish outlook for the U.S. housing market on March 27.
The U.K.'s public sector net borrowing increased more than anticipated in February 2012, while striking a record value for the month of February, according to the latest data released from Office for National Statistics (ONS).
NEXT PLC, the Britain's second-largest clothing retailer expects to deliver its FY2011 earnings in line with the previous guidance on Thursday with an approximate increase of 4 percent in its profit before tax at the range of £558-572 million.
J Sainsbury, the Britain's third-biggest supermarket group, has reported that its total sales for the fourth quarter rose 4.6 percent (5.1 per cent excluding fuel) beating analysts' forecasts as it won market share from rivals.