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Darby Group incurred pounds 2.8m taxable loss in the year to 28 February against pounds 285,000 profit previously. LPS 16.7p (EPS 2.51p). No dividend.

Year to 31 March

Associated British Engineering rose to pounds 216,000 ( pounds 35,000) pre-tax profit. EPS 0.01p (LPS 0.05p). Total dividend 0.05p (same).

British Bloodstock Agency incurred pounds 38,000 ( pounds 55,000) pre-tax loss. Loss per share was cut to 1.4p (3p).

Banner Homes reversed pounds 688,000 taxable loss to achieve pounds 255,000 pre- tax profit. EPS 2p (LPS 3.9p).

Gibbon Lyons rose to pounds 1.4m ( pounds 806,000) pre-tax profit. EPS 9.4p (4.8p). Total dividend is held at 5p.

Stewart and Wight made pounds 372,000 ( pounds 351,000) pre-tax profit. EPS 324.4p (299p). Total dividend 135p (120p).

Six months to 31 March

Dewhurst increased pre-tax profits to pounds 404,000 ( pounds 310,000). EPS 2.36p (1.85p). Dividend is 0.66p (0.63p).

Hawtin lifted pre-tax profits to pounds 783,000 ( pounds 518,000). EPS 0.75p (0.49p). Dividend is 0.25p.

Six months to 30 April

Microgen Holdings slipped to pounds 3.8m ( pounds 4.4m) pre-tax profit. EPS 6.1p (7.1p). Dividend held at 2.2p.

C A Sperati made pounds 36,000 ( pounds 12,000) pre-tax profit. EPS 25.4p (8.1p).