Pick of the early market news
Worries over Greek debt combined with poor US non-farm payroll figures to knock 2.5% off the value of the UK's top 100 companies on Friday. The FTSE 100 plunged 127 points to finish at 5,292, with just eight firms avoiding a fall in the value of their shares.
The news that no new jobs had been in the US created throughout August wiped 253 points off the Dow Jones Index, the biggest fall in two weeks. The market closed at 11,240.26. Ironically, those employment figures – the worst in 11 months – came just before the Labor Day weekend.
Fyffes gets us started this week, with a first-half report showing total revenue up 13.9% to €485m. That took pre-tax profits up 30.4% to €17.3m. Earnings per share rose 30.5% to 4.41 cents and the interim divided is up 10% to 0.605 cents.
Outsourcing firm Staffline reports revenues rose 45% to £120.9m in the six months to 30 June. Profit before tax rose 38% to £2.9m with gross margins up to 11.8%. Earnings per share rose 39% to 9.2p and the conpamy's interim divided is up 21% to 2.9p.
Goals Soccer Centres reports sales up 11% to £14.7m in the six months to 30 June. The number of centres has risen by 30 over the last 18 months. Pre-tax profits rose 46% to £4m, and earnings per share were up 9% to 5.8p. The company has opted to maintain the dividend at 0.675p per share.
AEC Education reports a return to profit in the six months to 30 June. Revenues of £8.926m took pre-tax profit to £298,000, turning around last year's total losses of £913m. Earnings per share are running at 0.5p and the company has net cash of £3.19m.