Updates from Debenhams and Galliford Try

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We start with a full year trading update up to 31 August from high street player Debenhams. The retailer says profit before tax is anticipated to be in line with current market expectations; there's growth in gross transaction value and like-for-like sales over the year.

Online sales have climbed sharply, up +46.2%. The Oxford Street flagship transformation is claimed to be on time with modernised stores performing well and decent international performance in the second half, especially from Magasin du Nord, Debenhams claims.

"We have succeeded in growing," says Michael Sharp, chief exec, "both like-for-like sales and market share in a competitive market where consumers' disposable income remains under pressure. I am particularly pleased with the growth of our online business."

Next, annual numbers up to 30 June from Galliford Try. Profits before tax climb +17% to £74.1m while the dividend per share is up +23% to 37.0p. Group revenue though is down -2% to £1,467m though Galliford says there's more of an emphasis on better return on capital.

The housebuilding operating margin rises +11% to 13.1% (2012: 11.8%). Undoubtedly the Government's Help to Buy scheme and greater availability of funding has supported, says the house builder, a +16% increase in sales currently reserved, contracted or completed at £405 million (2012: £350 million).

Galliford's construction arm "achieved another impressive performance," says chief exec Greg Fitzgerald, "against the background of a market that remains challenging, by focusing on its principles of disciplined contract selection, protecting margin and prioritising cash management."

Finally, an interim from derivatives player IG Group for the last quarter up to yesterday, 16 September. Revenue in the first quarter was £93.6m, +15% ahead of the same period in the prior year, a particularly quiet quarter for IG and the wider industry claims the company.

Client activity this year was strongest early in the period in response to heavy falls in equity markets on the back of QE tapering fears in the US and concerns over the Chinese economy.

"Revenue was well ahead of last year in the UK, Europe and Rest of World, but behind in Japan and in Australia," says the company, "with the performance here impacted by subdued consumer sentiment ahead of the recent election and the weakness in the Australian dollar."

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