3:00 PM Frankfurt – Direct Line Insurance profit after tax in the first quarter climbed 19.5% and Linde first quarter profit surged 10% to €340 million. Veolia operating income for the quarter surged 32% to €544 million.
In London trading, FTSE 100 index observed holiday today and in Frankfurt the DAX index slid 1% or 6.8 to 8,129.
In Paris, CAC 40 index fell 0.2% or 7.91 to 3,904.49.
Direct Line Insurance Group plc
slumped 1.5% to 200.68 pence after the UK based retail insurer said gross written premium in the first quarter ending in March dropped 4.8% to £1 billion and profit after tax for the quarter climbed 19.5% £71.6 million compared to £59.9 million and diluted earnings per share advanced 5 pence from 4 pence a year ago.
The company said operating profit for the quarter from ongoing operations 32.9% to £107.5 million.
climbed 3.6% to €147.90 after the Germany based industrial gas maker reported group revenue in the first quarter ending in March soared 10.3% to €3.99 billion. Profit for the quarter of surged 10% to €340 million compared to €309 million. Earnings per share jumped €1.72 from €1.65.
Linde said revenue from gases division climbed 14.8% to €3.448 billion.
Veolia Environnement SA
slipped 1.1% to €10.50 after the France based environmental management service provider reported revenue in the first quarter ending March dropped 3.9% to €5.76 billion. Operating income for the quarter surged 32.2% to €544 million compared to €411.6 million.
Outside France, revenue generated for the quarter was €2.68 billion or 46.5% of total revenue.
The company added adjusted operating income for the quarter dropped 1.5% to €405 million and Net financial debt declined to €10.1 billion at March 31. Water revenue declined 3.8% and environmental services revenue declined 4.6% and energy services revenue rose 0.4%
Veolia, expects for the fiscal year 2015, the group increase net cost reduction objective to €750 million.