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Will Whitbread bounce back from disappointing sales at Costa?

Thursday 19 Oct 2017

As inflation continues to rise, investors will be keen to see if Whitbread ( WTB ) can boost sales at Costa Coffee when the company reports its interim results on 24 October. Earlier this year, Whitbread revealed sales growth more than halved at Costa to 1.1% in the 13 weeks to 1 June as people cut...

Gear4Music to reveal impact of investment on profit margins

Thursday 19 Oct 2017

The musical instruments retailer Ge ar4Music ( G4M:AIM ) will report half year results on 24 October. We already know that sales grew 44% in the period to £31.2m, thanks to a previous trading update. The focus for the results will therefore be concentrated on profit margins and expansion plans...

Utilitywise investors hoping for some good news

Thursday 12 Oct 2017

Tuesday 17 October Energy broker Utilitywise ( UTW:AIM ) releases its full year results on 17 October. The company’s share price has been weak lately which suggests the market is still expecting more bad news. We note that Panmure Gordon analyst Michael Donnelly in August raised his rating on the...

Unilever seeking spreads sale

Thursday 12 Oct 2017

Thursday 19 October Look for an update on the sale process for its spreads business when consumer goods giant Unilever ( ULVR ) reports third quarter results on 19 October. The company hopes to net $8bn from a sale of the business which makes Flora and Stork margarines. The market will also be...

DotDigital to impress again

Thursday 12 Oct 2017

Tuesday 17 October Expect strong full year results from digital marketing technology supplier DotDigital (DOTD:AIM ). This will likely mean impressive near-20% organic top line growth, implying £32m revenue or so. Pre-tax profit should be in the £8m ballpark and be backed up by excellent cash...

Two large staffers to give updates on trading

Thursday 05 Oct 2017

Wednesday 11 October Two of the largest recruitment firms on the market, PageGroup ( PAGE ) and Hays ( HAS ), are set to inform investors on how the jobs market is looking. PageGroup will issue its trading update on 11 October and Hays releases its update on the following day. Given that both firms...

Will Friday the 13th be a horror show for Provident Financial?

Thursday 05 Oct 2017

Friday 13 October It has been one of the worst ever years for doorstep lender Provident Financial ( PFG ). Several profit warnings resulted in the firm’s valuation plummeting and the loss of its place in the prestigious FTSE 100 index. The next big test for the share price is just around the corner...

Will Marston’s follow Greene King with gloomy update?

Thursday 05 Oct 2017

Tuesday 10 October All eyes will be on Marston’s (MARS ) when it updates on trading on 10 October. It hasn’t commented on the strength of its business since July when it said its sales growth was ahead of the market. Since that announcement its rival Greene King ( GNK ) complained about having a...

Drawing a Blancco

Thursday 28 Sep 2017

Tuesday 3 October The past year has been a horror show for Blancco Technology ( BLTG:AIM ). Two profit warnings, a cash flow squeeze, bad debts; no wonder the share price has collapsed by 80%. Investor confidence has been bled dry. Full year results provide an opportunity to draw a line under...

ScS: sitting uncomfortably?

Thursday 28 Sep 2017

Tuesday 3 October Expect sofas-to-flooring purveyor ScS ( SCS ) to bemoan a more challenging market for big ticket spending when it reports full year results. In a pre-close trading update, Sunderland-based ScS said full year trading was in-line with expectations, although like-for-like order...

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