Company News in Brief

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Year to 31 March

Booth Industries, the engineering group, slumped to pounds 576,000 taxable loss (profit pounds 677,000). Total dividend is 0.7p (0.32p).

Cambridge Water Company increased pre-tax profits from pounds 2.2m to pounds 2.9m. Earnings per share 726p (535p). Total dividend is 170p (115p).

Hobson, which makes toiletries and homecare products, achieved pounds 140,000 pre-tax profit (loss pounds 210,000). Earnings per share were 0.2p (loss 0.41p). No dividend.

Northern Investors Company announced lower pre-tax profits of pounds 284,000 ( pounds 446,000). Earnings per share 5.6p (8.3p). Final dividend is 3.5p, making 5.5p (8.5p).

Total Systems, computer software supplier, advanced to pounds 833,000 ( pounds 757,000) pre-tax profit. Earnings per share improved to 6.08p (5.11p). Total dividend is 3p (2.25p).


Bridgend Group, the wholesale distribution, property and leisure holding company, incurred pounds 3.1m pre-tax loss (profit pounds 900,000) for the year ended 31 December, affected by a pounds 3.4m write-down on property values. Loss per share 11.5p (EPS 2.4p). Total dividend is 0.4p (1.2p).

Electronic Data Processing, which sells, maintains and consults on computers, slipped to pounds 2.3m ( pounds 2.4m) pre- tax profit in the six months to 31 March. Earnings per share 18.1p (18.8p). Interim dividend held at 2p.

John Swan & Sons, the livestock auctioneers and estate agents, pushed pre-tax profits higher from pounds 217,000 to pounds 231,000 in the year to 30 April. Earnings per share are 25.2p (23.9p). Total dividend is 16p (15p).