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FTSE up on pharmas, property as Wall St, Europe gain

FTSE indices managed a positive end to a mediocre session thanks to gains among pharma, property and insurance stocks. Wall St opened on the front foot with the Nasdaq up more than 1%, while key European bourses ended moderately firmer.

Ashtead's strong Q1

Ashtead reports a strong first quarter with underlying pre-tax profits of £161m, up 23% at constant exchange rates on the prior year. Underlying EBITDA rose by 25% to £282.7m and underlying operating profits were also up 25% at £180.2m.

SFR in line

Severfield said its trading performance and financial position is in line with management expectations. Overall the group is on track to progress as expected over the remainder of the financial year.

DPLM's revenue

Diploma expects reported revenues for the year ending 30 September to increase by around 9% with acquisitions incrementally contributing around 10%, offset by a reduction of about 2% in revenues from translational currency effects.

SAL's deal

SpaceandPeople has won exclusive rights to promote brands across all Network Rail stations in the UK for five years. The agency now has the exclusive rights to promote brands across all Network Rail Stations in the UK.