4:00 PM Frankfurt – Cineworld profit surged as sales soared 22%. H & M Hennes said comparable sales in July slid 1%. Oriflame Cosmetics plunged 27%. Ophir Energy net loss in the first-half narrowed. Zurich Insurance profit slid 17% to $1.85 billion.
In London trading, FTSE 100 index dropped 1.7% or 110.53 to 6,477 and in Frankfurt the DAX index declined 1.3% or 106.33 to 8,332.
In Paris, CAC 40 index slipped 1.1% or 45.61 to 4,069.
Cineworld Group Plc
rose 0.6% to 396.73 pence after the UK based films exhibitor said group revenue in the first-half ending on June 27 soared 21.9% to £201.6 million from £165.4 million a year ago. Net income for the period nearly doubled to £13.5 million compared to £7.6 million and diluted earnings per share rose 7.9 pence from 6.7 pence a year earlier.
Total revenue from Cineworld Cinemas segment climbed 10.5% as average ticket price rose 4.7% to £5.39 from £5.15 a year ago period and total revenues from the Picturehouse segment jumped 6.7% as average ticket price grew 1.4% to £6.19 from £6.03 in last year.
The film exhibitor said profit before tax surged 24.1% to £16.5 million.
H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB
slipped 1.9% to 241.20 kronor after the Sweden based clothing retailer reported comparable sales in July slid 1% from increase of 9% in the same month of a year ago.
Oriflame Cosmetics SA
declined 6.1% to 203.20 kronor after the Luxembourg based cosmetics maker said sales in the first-half fell 1% to €741 million from €769.3 million a year ago. Net profit for the period plunged 27.2% to €47.9 million compared to €65.8 million and diluted earnings per share slipped 25.2% to €0.86 from €1.15 a year earlier.
The Oriflame said operating margin in the first-half 9.8% but operating profit dropped 20.2% to €72.5 million compared to €90.9 million a year ago period.
Ophir Energy Plc
plunged 10.7% to 348.10 pence after the UK based oil and gas explorer said revenue in the first-half ending in June slid 0.1% to $822 million from $777 million a year earlier. Net loss for the period narrowed to $20.5 million compared to $24.5 million and diluted loss per share dropped 2.5 pence from 4.2 pence a year ago.
Zurich Insurance Group Limited
dropped 3.8% to 242.50 francs Switzerland based insurer reported gross written premiums in the first-half ending in June grew 3% to $19.77 billion from $19.15 billion. Net income for the period declined 17% to $1.85 billion compared to $2.23 billion and diluted earnings per share slumped 17% to 11.70 francs from 14.05 francs a year ago.