Across the water on Day 7 of the shutdown, the Dow Jones endured a 159 point thump, slipping -1.07% to 14,776, its lowest level for six weeks.
We start with an interim from baker Greggs for the 13 weeks up to 28 September. Total sales climb +3.6% for the 13 weeks to 28 September 2013, but like-for-like sales are down -0.5%. Year to date total sales climb +3.5% though like-for-like sales cool -2.1%.
"We are encouraged," says chief exec Roger Whiteside, "by the recent improvement in like-for-like performance, although with consumer disposable incomes still under pressure we remain cautious... Our overall outlook for the full year is unchanged."
Be aware that the Newcastle-based business has come out with a couple of profit warnings this year. Trading for the baker - it has almost 1,700 stores - was affected by soaring summer temperatures. Greggs shares currently sell for 427p, some way off its 525p 52-week high.
In Destination and Premium pubs, like-for-like sales were +2.2% ahead of last year including like-for-like food sales growth of +3.7%. In the last 11 weeks like-for-like sales have grown +2.6%. Operating margins are expected to be slightly ahead of last year.
"We have disposed of 130 pubs and other assets in the year generating proceeds of around £50 million, higher than we originally anticipated. A more aggressive churn of the estate will improve returns over time," Marston's claims.
Finally, half year numbers from retailer N Brown Group. Total operating profit climbs +5.9% to £48.4m with revenues climbing £409.6m and adjusted earnings per share up +0.6% to 12.55p. Excluding newly opened stores, like-for-like sales increased +7.8%.
Profit before taxation and fair value adjustments on foreign exchange contracts was £45.0m (2012, £42.0m), up +7.1%. Based on the growth in trading profit and reduced gearing, the interim dividend will be hiked +4.0% to 5.67p. The stock recently received a Neutral rating from Citigroup.
"During the period," says Andrew Higginson, chairman, "we have welcomed Angela Spindler as CEO and have completed an extremely successful handover from Alan White, to whom I would like to give my personal thanks. The business is in an excellent position to continue to deliver positive results."