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Tobacco Sales Drop Sharply at Bookers

Booker Group BOK has seen tobacco sales drop substantially in the face of the latest set of display restrictions, whilst non tobacco sales have been hit by food price deflation. Like for like tobacco sales for the 12 weeks to the 17th June were down by 7.7% and non tobacco fell by 0.7%. Total group sales rose by 10%. Shareholders will be rewarded with a proposed payment of 3.2p per ordinary share by way of return of capital.

Pure Circle PURE expects a 9% increase in 2016 sales and future orders have increased but apart from that today’s update makes for strange reading. Planned customer launches have been delayed into 2017 and problems with US customs appear to be still ongoing to the extent that they have not been resolved, despite release of the shipments detained in May. The CEO says the business model is robust and he is confident that profitability will improve but then come the warnings that there will be continued volatility in the development of the business and sales growth will be uneven.

Topps Tiles TPT has shown healthy growth during the 13 weeks to the 2nd July with like for like sales up by 6.2% on 2015, although the figures have been skewed slightly by Easter moving about a bit.


easyJet plc EZJ June passenger figures rose by 5.8% and the load factor by 1.44pp but on a rolling 12 month basis the load factor rose only a smidgeon by 0.3pp

EKF Diagnostic Holdings EKF expects that after a difficult 2015, the half year to the end of June will be ahead of both budget and expectations. First half revenue is expected to exceed £16.5m and no impact is expected from Brexit.

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