COMPANY NEWS IN BRIEF

Baldwin, the tour operator with printing, publishing and restaurants operations, reported a jump in pre-tax profits from £2.8m to £4.4m for the year to October. Turnover increased by a third from £34.6m to £46.1m. Earnings per share grew to 16.6p (10.1p). Final dividend is 2.4p, making 4p (3.5p).

Jackson (Wm) & Son revealed a drop in pre-tax profits from £2.4m to £1.8m in the six months to 31 October, depressed by a 27 per cent decline in turnover from £85m to £62.4m. Earnings per share tumbled to 67.32p (74.5p). No dividend was declared .

London Industrial, which provides workspace for rent mainly to small businesses in the Greater London Area, announced £730,000 pre-tax profits for the three months to December on higher turnover of £2.6m (£1.7m). Earnings per share were ahead at 6.5p (2.1p).

Throgmorton 1000 Smallest Companies Trust pre-tax profit was £487,000 (£511,000) in the six months to December. Net asset value per share grew to 143.18p (135.44p). No dividend.

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