4:00 PM Frankfurt – Hays Plc net fees in the first-quarter increased 4%. N Brown profit dropped 3% from a year ago period to £33 million. New Britain Palm Oil surged 75% after Malaysia-based Sime Darby offered of $1.7 billion in cash. Suedzucker net tumbled 62% to €119 million.
In London trading, FTSE 100 index slipped 0.5% or 30.06 to 6,452.18 and in Frankfurt the DAX index increased 0.3% or 23.45 to 9,018.78.
In Paris, CAC 40 index dropped 0.4% or 18.42 to 4,149.70.
jumped 5% to 124.10 pence after the U.K.-based recruitment company reported net fees in the first-quarter ending in September increased 4% but operating profit declined to £7 million from the same period a year ago.
The company said net debt at the end of September dropped to £60 million compared to £97 million a year ago period.
N Brown Group Plc
plunged 12.9% to 303.10 pence after the U.K.-based online home shopping site operator said total group revenue in the first-half ending in August slid 0.6% to £407.3 million from £409.6 million a year ago period.
Profit in the period dropped 2.9% from a year ago period to £33.4 million compared to £34.4 million and diluted earnings per share slipped to 11.83 pence from 12.25 pence.
New Britain Palm Oil Limited
surged 75.2% to 677 pence after the Papua New Guinea-based oil palm, sugar producer received formal offer fromMalaysia-based Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd for about $1.74 billion in cash.
Suedzucker Mannheim Ochsenfurt AG
tumbled 12.5% to €10.28 after the Germany-based agricultural raw materials producer reported group revenue in the first-half ending in August declined 12% to €3.48 billion from €3.94 billion a year ago period.
Net income in the period plummeted 61.8% from a year ago period to €119 million compared to €312 million and diluted earnings per share slipped to €0.37 from €1.21.