Business Information Service: This Week
Sunday 20 March 1994
The non-EC trade deficit is expected to widen to pounds 800m for February, as import volumes continue to outstrip the rise in exports. The company reporting season is still in full flood, with Argos due to deliver profits of pounds 80m, up 11 per cent, and Wilson Bowden a 39 per cent rise, confirming its reputation as one of Britain's best housebuilders.
The US trade deficit for January is forecast to grow, as exports slow from the strong 0.5 per cent gain of December.
Full-year profits at Prudential Corporation will confirm the pick-up in insurance, with a rise of more than 30 per cent. Meanwhile, Iceland is expected to deliver a 16 per cent uplift, to pounds 64.5m, in the wake of a cool climate in food retailing.
UK retail prices for February will probably show a modest 0.4 per cent rise, despite seasonal increases in food bills and the end of the January sales. A complete change of management at Lasmo has been good news for the oil explorer, but it will still deliver a full year net loss of about pounds 19m on the back of a very weak oil price. Another solid set of results is expected from Britannic Assurance.
Fourth quarter GDP should show a 0.8 per cent rise on the previous quarter, maintaining the 2.6 per cent increase year-on-year. Profits at Reckitt & Colman are predicted to increase by 12 per cent, to pounds 277m, while Sun Alliance should turn last year's pounds 130m loss into a pounds 190m profit for the year.
Opec oil ministers will hold their second quarter meeting in Geneva. The CBI will release its March distributive trends survey.
Sources: NatWest Securities, MMS International
'We have digested Tootal.' - Russell Walls, the finance director of Coats Viyella, on the company's absorption of its acquisition
- 1 King Salman: Just five days in, Saudi Arabia's new king has already overseen a beheading
- 2 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Presidential optical illusion offers clues to how brain processes faces
- 5 Grumpy Roald Dahl letter warning student to 'eschew beastly adjectives' rediscovered after 35 years
King Salman: Just five days in, Saudi Arabia's new king has already overseen a beheading
Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary: Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Ukip Jelly Babies cause uproar on Amazon
Chilling drone footage captures Auschwitz ahead of 70th anniversary of liberation
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
iJobs Money & Business
£23000 - £26000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Market Research Executive...
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Technical Report Writer is re...
Competitive salary & benefits!: MBDA UK Ltd: MBDA UK LTD Indirect Procurement...
£16500 - £16640 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing Finance compa...