Chief executive Francis Mackay said worldwide market conditions are "favourable and prospects for long-term growth remain good".
"They quietly beat our forecast," said Fraser Ramzan, an analyst at Lehman Brothers, who has a "buy" recommendation on the stock. "The key surprise is the level of margin expansion." Compass spent around pounds 1bn last year on acquisitions and is now focusing on profitability.
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