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Ramus Holdings, the floor tiles and kitchen furniture group, plunged to pounds 3m pre-tax loss (loss pounds 360,000) in the year to 30 June, partly hit by a pounds 502,000 charge for asset write-offs and cost-cutting measures. It announced it had agreed to raise pounds 3m via a subscription by Guoline Holdings for 6.5 million new shares to reduce debt. The share issue will give Guoline 57.5 per cent of the voting rights of the enlarged group.

BCE Holdings, the pool and snooker equipment group, made a pounds 34,000 pre-tax profit (loss pounds 622,000) for the year to 31 March. Interest charges fell to pounds 276,000 (pounds 586,000).

Royal Trust Government Securities' total dividend fell to 5.3p (6.05p) in year to 31 August. Net asset value is 54.01p (55.65p).

Half year to 30 June

Select Appointments, the recruitment consultants, incurred deeper pre-tax losses of pounds 948,000 (loss pounds 508,000), hit by a 30 per cent fall in permanent job vacancies registered with the group.

Computer People, the computer users consultancy group, slumped from pounds 669,000 pre-tax profit into pounds 135,000 pre-tax loss. It slashed the dividend to 0.65p (2.1p).

Ipeco Holdings, the aerospace engineer, rose to pounds 1.8m (pounds 1.7m) pre- tax profit. Dividend is 1.3p (1.2p).