March 14 Van rental company Northgate Plc
warned its business for the year ending April was
trading towards the lower end of market expectations as economic
turmoil in Spain and difficult conditions in the UK meant the
company rented out fewer vehicles.
The company, which began operations in 1981 and rents vans
out to engineering, distribution and retail companies, said
vehicles on hire in its core UK market had fallen to 44,200
units at Feb. 28 from 45,000 at the end of October.
Vehicles on hire in Spain also fell by 800 units from the
end of October to 31,900 at Feb. 28.
The declines were still smaller than the same period last
year when the company rented out nearly 4,000 fewer vehicles in
the UK and over 5,000 fewer vehicles in Spain.
Shares in the Darlington-based company, which operates
across the UK, Spain and the Republic of Ireland, closed at 350
pence on Wednesday on the London Stock Exchange. The stock has
gained 13 percent so far this year.