Pick of the early market news
But Bunzl and BAE Systems both saw rises (3.7% and 2.94% up). Overnight, Asian stocks rallied with the Nikkei lifting 2.7%.
Let's start by breaking into some pizza. Full year UK results for Domino's have seen sales increase 9.3% to £530.6m (2010: £485.3m). Basic earnings per share climbed 12.2% to 19.48p (2010: 17.36p). Like-for-like sales growth though was significantly down at 3.0% (2010: 11.9%).
However e-commerce sales were buoyant, "growing by 43.0% to £183.1m (2010: £128.0m), supported by the introduction of our Android and iPad apps and greater investment in online marketing and the social media arena," said the company.
"One of the areas where we did feel the pressure of increased costs over 2011 was the substantial increase in fuel costs," said the company in a statement. "The rising price of petrol and diesel cost the Group over £0.25m which we had to absorb." Trading has continued to be robust during the first seven weeks of 2012 with like-for-like sales for the Group increasing 3.7%.
Next, Sports Direct. Total group sales for the high street sports retailer for the 13 weeks up to 22 January climbed 9.1% to £453.8m (2011: £415.9m) with gross profits for the company increasing 10.2% to £184.4m (2011: £167.3m).
"Underlying performance in the period, particularly since December, has outperformed management's expectations," said Sports Direct boss Dave Forsey. "Trading has continued to remain strong since the end of January and we shall continue to invest in margin, inventory and extra group marketing."
Sports Direct claims it does expect to hit its full year underlying EBITDA target of £215 million. "In light of this strong performance, the board will be reviewing the group's dividend policy at the end of this financial year," says Dave Forsey.
Finally, Norwegian oil and gas company DNO International ASA. Record high 2011 production resulted in correspondingly record high operating revenues of NOK 2,070 million in 2011, an increase of 65% over the previous year's NOK 1,251 million figure said the company.
"For the fourth quarter, operating revenues were NOK 905 million. Net profits for the fourth quarter 2011 hit NOK 203 million, bringing the full year figure to NOK 653 million compared to a loss of NOK 283 million in 2010."
"We are investing in additional production capacity through facilities upgrades and new wells across our portfolio and anticipate continuing increased production into 2012. There is also significant reserves upside from high impact exploration, appraisal and development drilling," added Helge Eide, CEO.