Across the pond, the Dow Jones finished Wednesday down -0.8% at 15,843 following a rash of weak earnings.
We kick of with strong interim numbers from Sports Direct. UK Sports Retail group revenue climbs 23.5% to £1,345.1m while group gross profits climb +29.2% to £579.8m. Underlying profit before tax is +16.9% up to £146.2m while group gross margin climbs 190 basis points.
There's online sales growth of 43.0%, contributing 15.5% of total Sports Retail sales(4) (FY13 H1: 12.5%) while there's also international sports stores sales growth of 30.8%, excluding acquisition of EAG and SIG says Sports Direct.
"The performance of Sports Retail is particularly pleasing with significant growth in the UK, Europe and online," says chief exec Dave Forsey. "The Group's expansion in Europe has also continued with acquisitions in Austria and the Baltic states."
Underlying profit before tax is up 21.8%. Full price internet sales climb 29.3% while strong performances in Europe is also claimed. SuperGroup says infrastructure and systems investment projects are on track and on budget.
"Product developments across the two most recent seasons, in particular in womenswear, have helped to deliver like-for-like growth," says chief exec Julian Dunkerton. "I am also pleased to report that the spring/summer 2014 order book is showing growth of circa 26%."
We end with final numbers from Domino Printing. Revenues climb 8% to £335m while pre-tax profits slip 1% to £53.0m. Underlying earnings per share is down 2% to 35.30p while dividends per share are up 5% to 21.66p.
Domino remains cautious about the prospects for 2014, but it's optimistic investments in new products and capabilities coupled with emerging market opportunities will fuel stronger organic sales growth in 2014.
"Action has been taken to direct investment to areas of the business with the strongest growth potential," says chairman Peter Byrom. "Strong cash flow has been maintained throughout the year. Net cash inflow from operating activities before tax was £54.9 million."