Business Information Service: This Week

MONDAY: British Vita, the chemicals group, is expected to beat expectations with a 22 per cent rise in pre-tax profits to pounds 29.5m for the half-year to June.

Rugby Group, the building materials company, is forecast to lift pre-tax profits 10 per cent to pounds 30m for the half year to June.

US markets will be closed for the Labour Day holiday.

In the UK, credit business is not expected to show any signs of a revival in July. A fall of pounds 50m is forecast, compared with a decline of pounds 135m in June.

TUESDAY: Interim pre-tax profits from Fisons, the health and household products group, are forecast to have more than halved to pounds 40m (pounds 95.2m) in the period to June.

Pre-tax profits at building products and engineering group IMI are forecast to be 8 per cent lower at pounds 37m for the half year to June.

WEDNESDAY: Lower trading activity in Europe is expected to drag down interim pre-tax profits at Associated British Ports to pounds 16.5m (pounds 31.7m).

Interim figures from ECC, formerly English China Clays, the industrial materials group, are expected to show a small rise in pre-tax profits from pounds 53.2m to pounds 56m.

Hillsdown Holdings, the food manufacturer, is forecast to return a slight increase in pre-tax profits to pounds 80m for the half year to June.

Nine-month pre-tax profits from NFC, the transport group, are expected to be little changed at pounds 63m.

Increased use of ferries is expected to have helped P&O to a 19 per cent gain in pre-tax profits to pounds 75m for the half year to June.

Prudential is forecast to lift pre-tax profits from pounds 170m to pounds 190m in the half year to June as losses from general insurance are trimmed.

German retail sales figures for July are expected this week or next. A fall of 4.5 per cent year-on-year is predicted, compared with the 6 per cent fall in the year to June.

THURSDAY: First-half pre-tax profits from building materials group Blue Circle Industries are expected to fall by 25 per cent to pounds 42.5m.

Pre-tax profits from food manufacturer Booker are anticipated to have improved slightly to pounds 33.5m (pounds 32.9m) in the first half.

Six-month results from industrial materials group BTR should reflect the weakness in most of its markets. Pre-tax profits are expected to fall 5 per cent to pounds 485m.

Cadbury Schweppes is forecast to show a rise in pre-tax profits to pounds 118m (pounds 111.5m) for the six months to June.

Robust performances from Zantac, the anti-ulcer drug, and Zofran, the anti-emesis drug, are forecast to have lifted Glaxo to pre-tax profits of pounds 1.427bn (pounds 1.283bn) in the first half.

Net interim profits from mining group RTZ are expected to remain around last year's level at pounds 155m.

The latest UK CBI distributive trades survey will be scrutinised for indications of how high-street sales fared in August, ahead of the following week's official retail sales figures.

FRIDAY: United Biscuits is expected to report a 12 per cent fall in pre-tax profits to pounds 74.5m (pounds 84.5m) in the first half, hurt by dwindling volumes.

The UK retail price index for August is expected to reveal a monthly increase of 0.4 per cent, pushing the year-on-year rate up from 3.7 per cent in July to 3.8 per cent. But excluding mortgage rates, a fall in the year-on-year rate from 4.4 per cent last month to 4.2 per cent is expected.

In the US, producer prices in August are expected to have risen 0.2 per cent, the same as in July.

Company results: County NatWest Woodmac. Median economic forecasts: MMS International.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
News
Amazon's drones were unveiled last year.
business
Arts and Entertainment
Russell Tovey, Myanna Buring and Julian Rhind Tutt star in Banished
tvReview: The latest episode was a smidgen less depressing... but it’s hardly a bonza beach party
Life and Style
Worth shelling out for: Atlantic lobsters are especially meaty
food + drink
News
i100
Sport
Gareth Bale
footballPaul Scholes on how Real Madrid's Welsh winger would be a perfect fit at Old Trafford if he leaves Spain
Arts and Entertainment
Lily James in ‘Cinderella’
film
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

Recruitment Genius: Claims Administrator

£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A position has arisen within th...

Ashdown Group: Development Manager - Rickmansworth - £55k +15% bonus

£50000 - £63000 per annum + excellent benefits : Ashdown Group: IT Manager / D...

Recruitment Genius: Security Officer

£16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Applicants must hold a valid SIA Door Su...

Ashdown Group: Business Analyst - City, London

£50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Business Analyst - Financial Services - The C...

Day In a Page

The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss