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COMPANY NEWS TODAY 3rd November 2015

Imperial Tobacco IMT. is pleased with itself after another successful year and is raising the final dividend by 10.1% to 141p. per share. Preliminary results out today show sales volume up by 7% for the year to 30th September, net revenue up by 12% in growth brands and adjusted earnings per share by 8.2%

Avanti Communications AVN which had been the despair of some investors who wondered if it would ever get near full capacity for its Hylas 2 &4 satellites, has won a contract with Telkom SA to provide national high speed broadband coverage across South Africa. The fact that South Africa is now Avanti’s most important market, may explain some of the earlier concern amongst shareholders.

Getech Group GTC profit surged by 99% for the year to 31st July. on revenue up by 32%. The final dividend however remains unchanged, making a total of 2.2p for the full year. No doubt the fact that GTC is a specialist oil service business is the reason for the caution.

Weir Group WEIR saw 3rd quarter orders slump by 29% year on year and by 8% on quarter 2. September and October were challenging months as mining customers delayed investment. In North america there was a double digit decline in the rig count. Oil and gas were particularly bad with 3rd. quarter input down by 58%.

Just Eat plc JE Saw  strong  organic growth as third quarter like for like orders grew 48%,  making a rise of 47% for the half year. Full year revenue expectations have been  increased to £240m from August’s figure of £230m.

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