Company Results & Outlooks

REFILE-UK retailers look to U.S. Black Friday for Christmas lift-off

LONDON, Nov 21 - Next week's "Black Friday", a traditional discount day for U.S. retailers, looks set to be the biggest ever for British shops as more join in the promotional event to kickstart Christmas sales.

CORRECTED-QinetiQ maintains forecast for flat annual profit

LONDON, Nov 20 - British defence technology company QinetiQ Group maintained its forecast for flat annual profit after a strong first half in its European business was offset by costs associated with a U.S. disposal.

21 Nov 2014

UK truck driver shortage threatens Christmas logjam

* UK short of 60,000 drivers ahead of peak Christmas season

21 Nov 2014

BRIEF-Hornby says sees full-year meeting expectations

* Results for year will depend on success of christmas. Current indications are that it will meet our expectations Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

21 Nov 2014

Pub operator Fuller's first-half profit rises 8 pct

Nov 21 - British pub operator and brewer Fuller, Smith & Turner Plc reported an 8 percent rise in first-half adjusted pretax profit, helped by higher food and drinks sales at the pubs it manages.

21 Nov 2014

BRIEF-Ophir Energy says considering remaining prospects in Tanzania block

* Announces an operational update on recent drilling in Tanzania

21 Nov 2014

BRIEF-African Minerals provides financing update

* Continues to engage with Shandong Iron and Steel Group ("SISG") over timing of release of restricted cash of $102m

M&A 20 Nov 2014

Baby goods retailer Mothercare sees UK improvement

LONDON, Nov 20 - Baby goods retailer Mothercare posted a small rise in first-half profit and said lower losses and improving sales in the United Kingdom provided early encouragement for its new turnaround plan.

20 Nov 2014

UPDATE 1-Centrica lowers earnings forecast as mild weather bites

LONDON, Nov 20 - Britain's largest energy supplier, Centrica, cut its full-year earnings outlook on Thursday on the back of a steep drop in energy demand due to mild weather and the extended outage of two nuclear power plants which it partly owns.

20 Nov 2014

S.Africa's Investec posts 14 pct rise in H1 earnings as bad loans drop

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 20 - South African bank Investec reported an expected 14 percent rise in first-half earnings on Thursday as it benefited from a drop in bad loans and a boost in assets under management.

20 Nov 2014
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