Plastic packaging maker RPC Group Plc reported a rise in full-year operating profit and the company said it was seeing higher demand for its specialized packaging for cosmetics and pharmaceutical products, among others.
British software firm Aveva Group reported a rise in full-year profit due to higher demand for its ship-design software in the Asia-Pacific region, sending its shares up 14 percent to a six-month high.
Speciality chemical maker Alent Plc forecast an improvement in overall consumer confidence and an expected pick-up in sales in the second half of 2014, sending its shares up as much as 6 percent.
British defence contractor Chemring Group Plc reported a 13 percent drop in revenue for the November-January quarter and said production at a plant in Tennessee had been suspended after a fatal accident, sending its shares down as much as 5 percent.
British engineering company Renishaw Plc returned to profit growth in the second quarter and forecast a jump in revenue in the second half of the year, sending its shares up as much as 8 percent.
LONDON British insurance broker Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group is buying Towers Watson's reinsurance brokerage for $250 million, accelerating an expansion into the United States.
LONDON, Sept 20 British insurance broker Jardine
Lloyd Thompson Group is buying Towers Watson's
reinsurance brokerage for $250 million, accelerating an
expansion into the United States.
Barcode-printer maker Domino Printing Sciences Plc said it remains cautious about market conditions in general, but expects to maintain current growth levels for the year as a whole.
British telecoms testing company Spirent Communications Plc said Chief Executive Bill Burns would step down immediately, and Chief Financial Officer Eric Hutchinson would take charge, sending its shares up as much as 5.8 percent.
British chemical maker Synthomer Plc's pretax profit for the first half fell 10.3 percent, hurt by weak demand in Europe, particularly from the construction industry.