4:00 PM Frankfurt – Beiersdorf profit climbed 12% to €537 million and sales rose 2%. Daimler February sales grew 4%. Premier Foods said yearly net loss widened to £246 million and the company plans to raise £828 million. Serco profit soared 64% to £95 million.
In London trading, FTSE 100 index jumped 1.7% or 112.74 to 6,821.09 and in Frankfurt the DAX index climbed 2.3% or 212.62 to 9,571.51.
In Paris, CAC 40 index advanced 2.3% or 99.66 to 4,390.53.
gained 1.9% to €67.33 after the Germany-based cosmetic products maker reported sales in the year grew 1.7% to €6.14 billion from €6.04 billion a year earlier.
Profit in the year climbed 11.9% to €537 million compared to €480 million and earnings per share rose to €2.33 from €2.08 a year ago.
jumped 3% to €67.33 after the Germany-based vehicles maker reported U.S. sales in February grew 3.8% to 24,971 units and Mercedes-Benz brand achieved record retails sales of 22,609, increasing 2.6%.
Premier Foods Plc
slipped 1.4% to 138 pence after the U.K.-based food products retailer said revenue in the year ending in December plunged 20.1% to £856.2 billion from £1.07 billion a year ago.
Net loss in the year widened to £245.9 million compared to £17.9 million and loss per share increased to 102.6 pence from earnings of 7.4 pence a year earlier.
The company plans to sell shares and bonds to raise £828 million or $1.4 billion to reduce the debt.
Serco Group plc
climbed 4.3% to 469.10 pence after the U.K.-based outsourcing service provider reported revenue in the year ending in December jumped 5.6% to £4.29 billion from £4.06 billion a year ago.
Profit for the year soared 63.9% to £95.4 million compared to £58.2 million and diluted earnings per share increased to 19.06 pence from 11.57 pence a year earlier.
The company expects adjusted operating profit for the fiscal 2014 between £220 million and £250 million and organic revenue to decline to mid-single digit percentage.