SSP Group , an operator of restaurants and bars in airports and railway stations, reported a better-than-expected profit, raised its dividend and unveiled a 100 million pound special payout for shareholders, sending its shares up as much as 8 percent.
British industrial component distributor Diploma Plc reported a 19 percent rise in full-year adjusted pretax profit as its controls unit saw new project activity and recovery in some end-user markets.
British company GoCompare has rejected a 460 million-pound ($600 million) takeover approach made by rival ZPG , owner of the real estate website Zoopla and utility price comparisons website uSwitch.
British oilfield services company Petrofac reported a 10.7 percent fall in core earnings for the first-half on Wednesday as subdued oil prices forced exploration and drilling companies to defer or cancel service contracts.
Diversified miner Vedanta Resources' first-quarter core earnings rose about 48 percent on higher zinc production, with renewed demand for the metal driven by higher steel production in China.
British oil services company Amec Foster Wheeler Plc , which is being bought by John Wood Group Plc , reported an 8 percent fall in half-year profit, but stronger margins helped to boost its shares.
Rising British motor insurance premiums helped Hastings deliver a 22 percent rise in first half profit as people shopped around for policies, which the insurer said lifted its sales.
Platinum miner Lonmin Plc said on Monday it would cut costs and sell some assets, including processing capacity of up to 500,000 ounces per year, as it battles to overcome a weak market and to preserve jobs.
Fund supermarket Hargreaves Lansdown cancelled a planned special dividend on Friday after Britain's financial regulator said the company needed to shore up its capital base, sending its shares lower.
Pan-European exchange Euronext said its second-quarter core earnings rose 2 percent as higher investor appetite and a better economic and political outlook for the European Union boosted trading volumes.