Updates from MITIE, easyJet and Aveva

The FTSE 100 edged towards the 6,300 mark on Friday hitting 6,284.4 points, up almost 20 points. TUI Travel was the day's biggest gainer, up +3.94% while Eurasian Natural Resources sank -2.39%, the biggest loser.

Optimism continued to burn in Asia today with the Nikkei - at one point - breaching the 11,000 threshold. It finished the day however -0.94% down at 10,824.3.

First, a Q3 interim from strategic outsourcing operator MITIE. The group claims its performing in line with management's expectations. At 30 September 2012, 98% of budgeted revenues for the current financial year had been secured (30 September 2011: 97%).

"We continue to expect total revenue growth to be higher in the second half than seen in the first half as a result of both the organic revenue contribution, including Lloyds Banking Group, and our healthcare acquisition, Enara Group," the company said in a statement this morning.

Core facility management businesses are performing well, the company adds, and are expanding order books. "Despite on-going weak economic conditions affecting our more cyclical markets and some delays in energy infrastructure projects, we remain very positive."

Next, engineering player Aveva. The Group has continued to perform well during the period with strong cash generation in the third quarter, it says. Good progress in the period has principally been driven by strength in Oil & Gas. In Power Aveva achieved "steady growth" while Marine remained depressed, though the offshore sector remained positive the company says.

In Enterprise Solutions, its strategy of focusing on Owner/Operators is delivering benefits it claims resulting in a number of new contracts, including Lundin Norway AS - a key Norwegian Operator.

In the Americas "our growth in the period was impacted in Brazil by delays in project awards to Engineering Procurement Constructions and local resource constraints within our customer base. EMEA benefitted from the strength of spend among our Oil & Gas customers whilst Asia Pacific maintained progress".

Finally, easyJet says non-exec director and chairman Sir Mike Rake will step down in the summer. Rake will still seek re-election at the Annual General Meeting and has agreed to remain in his post in order to ensure a smooth handover and provide the Board time to identify a suitable replacement, says easyJet.

Rake has overseen "a more than doubling," says the company, "in the value of the company through the successful delivery of easyJet's strategy of sustainable growth and returns, refreshed the Board, appointed a new Chief Executive and Finance Director, introduced dividend payments and led the negotiation of a new brand licence agreement."

However a clash with founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou still looks on the cards as it's increasingly likely easyJet will attempt to push ahead with an order for up to 100 new aircraft. Perhaps even more, going against Haji-Ioannou's wish to rein in spending and growth targets.