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Brent Chemicals International, maker of industrial chemicals, has agreed to buy certain assets and the business of Chemical Systems for dollars 5.3m ( pounds 3.1m).

Specialeyes, the spectacle frames and lenses retailer, incurred pounds 596,000 pre-tax loss (profit pounds 201,000) in the year to 30 May.

Trace Computers, the computer consultancy group, reversed taxable losses of pounds 471,000 to make pounds 502,000 pre-tax profit for the year to 31 May. Final dividend is 0.9p, making 1.45p (same).

Firstland Group, formerly Firstland Oil and Gas, reduced pre-tax losses from pounds 170,000 to pounds 87,000 in the half-year to 30 June.

A Cohen & Co, maker of non-ferrous metal ingots and recyclable materials trader, slipped to pounds 496,000 ( pounds 555,000) in the half- year to 30 June. Interim dividend is cut to 3.4p (6.6p).

Hospital Corporation International incurred pounds 2.1m pre-tax loss after a pounds 641,000 exceptional debit in the half-year to 30 September. Fleming European Fledgeling IT's net asset value per share as at 30 September was 69.3p (74.2p).