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Micklegate Group, the property developer, incurred pounds 4.75m ( pounds 806,000) pre-tax loss in the year to 30 April, affected by a pounds 3m provision against fallen property values. A pounds 2.1m gain in turnover to pounds 9.8m was wiped out by a pounds 3.8m rise in operating costs to pounds 9.6m. No dividend.

British & American Film Holdings, the film and leisure company, fell to pounds 597,000 ( pounds 690,000) pre-tax profit in the half year to 30 June. Although turnover declined 24.7 per cent from pounds 104.35m to pounds 77.5m, it declared a higher interim dividend of 3.8p (3.375p).

Wensum Company, the clothes maker and distributor, plunged from pounds 332,000 profit into pounds 46,000 pre-tax loss in the six months to 31 July, hit by a 32 per cent fall in turnover from pounds 4.2m to pounds 2.8m. Interim dividend is slashed to 0.575p (1.15p).

House Of Lerose, the women's clothes maker, slumped to pounds 51,000 ( pounds 425,000) pre-tax profit in the half year to 30 June. Interim dividend held at 3p.

English National Investment Company held the interim dividend at 5p. Net asset value per share at the end of the six months to 30 September fell to 215.5p (254.96p).

I&S Smaller Companies Investment Trust is paying a 1p dividend for the six months to 30 September. Net asset value per share is 81.59p (88.96p).

Murray Split Capital Investment Trust is paying 3.3p final dividend making 11.65p for the 15 months to 31 August. Net asset value per income and capital share are 51.2p and 96.6p respectively.

Venturi Investment Trust lifted the dividend for the six months to 30 September from 1.4p to 1.46p. Net asset value per share is 9.69p (10.03p).

City of Oxford Investment Trust's net asset value fell sharply from 37.9p to 17.6p at the end of the six months 30 September. Interim dividend held at 2.4p.

Exmoor Dual Investment Trust's net asset value per share income share as at the end of the year to 31 August was 61.1p (64p). Final dividend is 1.85p (1.84p).

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