4:00 PM Frankfurt – Ashtead Group profit jumped 68% to £231 million on 24% increase in revenues. Consort Medical net plunged 47% to £13 million. Whitbread jumped after sales surged 14.6% to £323 million. Xaar lowered revenue outlook and gross profit margin.
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Ashtead Group Plc
declined 5.4% to 839.50 pence after the U.K.-based investment company reported revenue in the year ending in April climbed 24% to £1.63 billion from £1.36 billion a year ago.
Profit in the year jumped 67.8% to £231.2 million compared to £137.8 million and earnings per share increased to 45.8 pence from 27.1 pence a year earlier.
Consort Medical Plc
slid 0.6% to 875 pence after the U.K.-based healthcare company stated revenue in the year ending in April jumped 5.2% to £100 million from £95 million a year ago.
Profit in the year plunged 46.7% to £12.9 million compared to £24.2 million and diluted earnings per share rose to 46.2 pence from 36.8 pence a year earlier.
jumped 2.3% to 4,262 pence after the U.K.-based coffee shop, hotels and restaurants operator reported total sales in the first-quarter ending on May 29 climbed 12.7% and same-store sales in the quarter jumped 6.9%.
The company said worldwide system sales surged 14.6% to £323 million and franchise system sales climbed 13.1% to £126.5 million.
The hotelier said total sales in Premier Inn, including UK & International jumped 14.2% and total revenue per available room soared 8.8% and total occupancy rose by 4.2 percentage points to 80.7% from a year ago.
In the year, the company plans to open 300 net new stores and 600 Costa Express units.
tumbled 24.7% to 558 pence after the U.K.-based industrial inkjet print-heads supplier lowered its revenue forecast for the year to £130 million from £134.1 million a year ago and lowered gross profit margin percentage than previously anticipated for 2014.