The FTSE 100 rebounded on Thursday, climbing 212.8 pints to 6,192. A 3.5% gain in total part-fed by US Fed indications that an autumn rate rise was less likely. Miners AngloAmerican and BHPBilliton both surged 9% to 726.30p and 1102.50p respectively while Antofagasta was close behind. StandardCharteredBank also rebounded, up 7% to 757p. The only faller was Whitbread, down 0.91% to 4776p.
Stateside, a 2.2% climb to 16,654.7 for the Dow Jones was propelled by higher oil prices - soaring more than 10% - and better economic data coming out of both the US and China.
Let's start outside the bookies with online betting operator Bwin. Bwin claims a €2.9m profit before tax for the first half of the year on total revenues of €296.5m. Talks are on-going on Bwin's proposed takeoever of GVC and 888 Holdings.
Bwin's lower half-year turnover (2014 was €317.1m) reflected the absence of the FIFA World Cup, lower margins in sports, market declines in poker and the impact of EU VAT in certain markets it says. It claims it's on-track to meet €15m incremental cost saving target this year.
Next, fashion-lux brand Jimmy Choo. Retail half-year revenues comes in at £99.7m, up 9.6% while adjusted earnings are worth £22.7m, up 0.5%. Chief exec Pierre Denis says the numbers are positive considering materially lower industry growth in the low single digits.
The retail business saw double digit growth despite disruption from renovations the company says, while the wholesale business performed broadly as expected. There has been more strength in the performance of the shoe business with "good progress" in Men's.
"Within this lower growth luxury environment," the company says, "the structural advantage of Jimmy Choo remains and we remain focused on executing our growth strategy and pursuing growth without compromising our brand or its luxury position despite the more challenging macroeconomic environment."
We finish with Computacenter and six month numbers: revenues are up 0.2% to £1,438m while adjusted profit before tax comes in at £29.6m. The dividend per share climbs 8.5% to 6.4p. Some one-off gains have also been made, boosting performance.
Operating losses have been reduced within its French business, due to reductions in selling, general and administrative expenses following the implementation of the 2014 Social Plan, plus additional cost saving measures, the IT player says.
"The Group has...benefited from a number of one-off gains," says boss Mike Norris, "which will not be repeated in either the second half of the year or during 2016. As a result of the impact of these additional gains, we now anticipate that the Group's 2015 adjusted profit performance will be slightly ahead."
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