Smith & Nephew plc SN. proposes to increase its full year dividend by about 20% at current exchange rates following a fourth quarter fall in reported revenue of 3%. The CEO admits that 2016 growth of 1% in reported revenue was lower than the company wanted and blames market conditions in China & the Gulf States with headwinds and foreign exchange movements also getting their fair share of criticism. 2017 is expected to produce stronger growth, with reported revenue anticipated to rise by between 1.2% and 2.2%.
Thomas Cook Group TCG describes its first quarter performance to 31st December as solid, with revenue up 1% helped by growth in holidays to Spain and long haul destinations and Greece showing particular strength with a rise of 40%. Summer bookings are 9% ahead of last year with 31% already sold and digital is spurting ahead with growth of 20%. There is however some caution about the uncertain economic and political outlook for the rest of the year.
Boohoo.com BOO has agreed to acquire he assets of Nasty Gal, who/which, it says offers exciting opportunities to accelerate its international offering. The deal is due to be concluded on the 28th February.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
Enterprise Inns ETI is to change its name by removing the Enterprise and becoming plain Ei Group which sounds like it was dreamed up by a committee of accountants who hadn’t a clue as to the importance of enterprise in a company. In the 18 weeks to the 4th February, like for like net income rose by 1.6%
Tate & Lyle plc TATE Expects that its full year performance in constant currency will be modestly ahead of expectations at the half year mark. The quarter to 31st December saw profit in both divisions ahead of the previous year.
DFS Furniture DFS Gross sales rose by 7% in the half year to 28th January as the good times continued. The company expects to be able to announce a a proposed special dividend at the end of March but warns that the furniture industry faces increased risk of a market slowdown in 2017 because of the uncertain outlook for consumer confidence.