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r Little United Energy, which returned to profits in the first half of the year, is feeling sufficiently encouraged to undertake a series of investment presentations. The first takes place today, hosted by stockbroker Peel Hunt. Formerly Falcon Resources, the group has an uninspiring profit record. Its shares are 10p. They touched 62p five years ago.

r Recovery at the Tamaris nursing homes chain is gathering strength. Interim profits, including an exceptional item, have reached pounds 610,000 and around pounds 1m (against pounds 322,000) seems likely for the year. William Fitch, chairman, is looking for acquisitions and a deal could be announced in a few weeks. A maiden 0.021375p dividend (costing pounds 100,000) is declared. The shares held at 2.25p.