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FTSE falls on resources stocks pall as Wall St slips

FTSE indices closed down after a session studded with lacklustre financial reports, resources and financial stocks the ballast, as Wall St wilted under more earnings season investor ire.

RBS almost doubles H1 pretax profit

Royal Bank of Scotland booked an H1 pretax profit of £2,652m, from £1,374m. Total income was £9,978m, from £10,608. Its common equity tier-1 ratio was 10.1% at June 30, from 9.4% at March 31. Total assets were £1,011bn, from £1,024bn.

Casdon profits fall

Casdon's turnover for the 12 months ended 30 April rose by 15.78% to £7,514,576 but profits fell be more than 30%. Casdon says this has been achieved through the pursuit of national account business in the US (with turnover increasing by 70% to £1,918,090), where payment is secure, but margin suffers.

Toumaz in line

Toumaz Ltd said it has traded in line with the board's expectations, ahead of its interim numbers, with revenues up 32% at £10.8m (£8.2m in H1 2013) and an EBITDA loss unchanged at £5.6m (£5.6m in 2013). As at 30 June 2014, the cash balance was £13.2m.

Babcock contract

Babcock has been awarded a new contract to supply and support training to the Armed Forces. The contract will be in support of training at the Defence College of Technical Training and be located at their following Schools: