Hopes Ilion's year's figures will be a shade firmer than indicated in November's profits warning lifted the shares 16.5p to 155p. The group said profits would be around pounds 6.5m against hopes of pounds 8m. Last spring the shares were more than 400p.
Black Arrow, the office furniture group, is thought to be trading well. The shares, up 11.5p, are riding at a 114p peak. In some quarters there is a sneaking suspicion the long rumoured take over bid could be near.