4:00 PM Frankfurt Debenhams pre-tax profit jumped 4% to £89 million. Diageo sales in the third-quarter fell 0.7%. SABMiller sales in the fourth-quarter jumped 2%. Unilever sales in the first-quarter soared 12% to 12.8 billion.
Market indexes in Europe traded lower a day after the European Central Bank chief highlighted the benefits of bond-buying program.
German government bond yield jumped to a new record high a day after the European Central Bank reaffirmed its commitment to continue to flood financial system with the newly printed money.
The yield on countrys 30-year bond dipped below 0.47% and on 10-year bond dropped to a new low of 0.073%.
In London trading, FTSE 100 index slipped 0.4% or 26.88 to 7,069.90 and in Frankfurt the DAX index declined 1.7% or 206.50 to 12,024.84.
In Paris, CAC 40 index dropped 0.5% or 24.75 to 5,229.60.
soared 6.8% to 85 pence after the online retailer said revenue in the first-half ending in February rose 1.6% to £1.3 billion from a year ago period.
Online sales surged 12.7% and comparable sales in the period increased 1.3%.
Pre-tax profit in the period jumped 4.3% from a year ago to £88.9 million compared to £85.2 million.
declined 3.2% to 1,906 pence after the U.K.-based spirits, beer, wine and ready to drinks maker reported net sales in the third-quarter ending in March declined 0.7% and volume in the quarter dropped 0.8%.
Diageo said sales in the Europe fell 1.3% but sales in Latin America and Caribbean plunged 10.2% and sales in North America increased 0.9%. Sales in Asia Pacific dropped 6%.
gained 1.3% to 3,632.50 pence after the U.K.-based beverages maker said sales in the fourth-quarter ending in March jumped 2% and for the year climbed 3%.
The company said total beverage volumes in the quarter increased 4% and rose 1% in the year.
SABMiller reported sales in the Asia-Pacific region soared 7% and sales in Africa region soared 12% and in Latin America advanced 8%.
climbed 3.5% to 3,036 pence after the U.K.-based consumer goods maker reported sales in the first-quarter soared 12.3% to 12.80 billion from 11.40 billion from a year ago period.
The company said sales in personal care division climbed 15.3% to 4.79 billion and sales in food division jumped 6.3% to 3.21 billion.
Revenues in homecare products surged 16.8% to 2.53 billion and revenues in refreshment segment soared 10.3% from a year ago to 2.28 billion.