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James Halstead plc.(JHD.L), the commercial flooring manufacturer and distributor, provided trade update ahead of its final results for the year to 30 June 2014. It expects that profit before tax for the full year will exceed last year, as a result of improved trading conditions. In the Chairman's...

CARBO Ceramics Inc. (CRR) reported that its second-quarter net income rose to $23.02 million or $1.00 per share, from $16.31 million or $0.71 per share in the same quarter last year. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report earnings of $0.99 per share. Analysts' estimates typically...

Kyocera Corp. (KYO) Thursday said first-quarter net income attributable to shareholders of the company declined to 19.467 billion yen from 22.651 billion yen last year. Earnings per share fell to 53.06 yen from 61.74 yen. Net sales rose to 334.72 billion yen from 331.66 billion yen. The company develops...

ArcBest Corp. (ARCB) Thursday said its second-quarter net income climbed to $17.21 million or $0.63 per share from $4.88 million or $0.18 per share in the prior year. Excluding pension settlement charges, earnings for the recent quarter were $0.65 per share. On average, 14 analysts polled by...

Tour operator Thomas Cook Group Plc. (TCKGY.PK, TCG.L) reported Thursday higher underlying earnings before interest and tax or EBIT for the third quarter, despite lower revenues. Shares are currently trading around 5 percent higher in London. For the quarter, EBIT on a reported basis was loss of 43...

Sports goods giant Adidas AG (ADDYY.PK, ADDDF.PK) has updated its financial outlook, following recent developments in Russia/CIS and continued weakness in the golf market, and announced strategic measures to secure and drive growth. For the full year 2014, the company now expects a mid- to high-single-digit...

Italian utility Enel (ENLAY.PK, EN) reported Thursday that its first-half Group net income edged up 0.3 percent to 1.685 billion euros from 1.680 billion euros in 2013. Group net ordinary income declined 4.8 percent to 1.572 billion euros from 1.652 billion euros a year ago. EBIT for the period...

Japanese consumer electronics company Sony Corp. (SON.L, SNE) reported that its net income attributable to stockholders for the first quarter ended June 30, 2014 surged to 26.81 billion yen or $265 million from 3.13 billion yen in the same quarter last year. Quarterly earnings per share was 22.94 yen...

Spirent Communications Plc's (SPT.L, SPMYY.PK) first-half 2014 profit attributable to owners of the parent company slipped to $10.5 million from last year's $13.4 million, with earnings per share dropping year-on-year to 1.71 cents from 2.07 cents. On the other hand, six-month adjusted earnings per share...

German automotive supplier Continental AG (CTTAY.PK) reported Thursday that its first-half net income attributable to the shareholders of the parent increased 14.2 percent to 1.3 billion euros. Accordingly, earnings per share rose to 6.52 euros, compared to 5.71 euros in the same period of the previous...

Swedish drugmaker Meda AB (MDABF.PK) has agreed to acquire Rottapharm¦Madaus, an Italian company owned by the Rovati family, for 21.2 billion Swedish kronor, or 2.275 billion euros on a cash and debt free basis. The consideration would include 15.3 billion kronor, or 1.64 billion euros cash, 30 million...

French insurance company CNP Assurances (CNPAF.PK) Thursday said attributable net profit in the first half of the year grew 3 percent to 601 million euros from 583 million euros. Revenue advanced 1.8 percent to 1.625 billion euros from 1.596 billion euros. EBIT rose 3.2 percent to 1.188 billion...

Lloyds Banking Group plc (LLOY.L, LYG) reported pretax profit of 863 million pounds for the half-year ended 30 June 2014, compared to 2.13 billion pounds, previous year. Profit attributable to ordinary shareholders decreased to 574 million pounds from 1.56 billion pounds. Earnings per share was 0.8 pence,...

British beverages giant Diageo Plc (DEO, DGE.L) Thursday reported fiscal 2014 profit before tax of 2.71 billion pounds, down from 3.06 billion pounds in the prior year. Announcing its preliminary results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, the company said its profit attributable to equity shareholders...

Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty (BBY.L) Thursday said it is terminating discussions with Carillion Plc. (CLLN.L) regarding a possible merger with immediate effect. The termination follows Carillion's wholly unexpected decision to progress the possible merger only if Parsons Brinckerhoff remained...