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LSE Volume: 335 M
Avg Vol: 4,197 M -92%
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FTSE100 tipped to open marginally ahead this morning

The blue-chip index is predicted to open a tad higher this morning, according to financial websites, with a definitive move firmly off the cards as market uncertainty continues to tame the bulls (for now...), while Wall St struggled overnight, a move seemingly mirrored by losses in Asia, this morning...

Shepherd Neame H1 pretax profit rises 22.7%

Shepherd Neame's H1 pretax profit rose 22.7%, to £5.0m, from £4.1m. Turnover was up 1.5% to £73.5m, from £72.5m. It proposed hiking its interim dividend to 5.3p a share, from 5.15p.

Press Roundup

A brief summary of Wednesday's main business headlines... Extensive coverage of Samsung losing out to Apple, the boost to the UK construction industry, Barclays and its forex charges, the pension crisis, plus Direct Line, Hinkley Point builder Areva, the Glencore share price slump and much more...

Share Plc' profit

Share Plc's FY pretax profit roughly halved to £0.8m, from £1.7m a year earlier. Revenue was flat at £15.0m. Its final and total dividend was up 19% to 0.62p a share, from 0.52p.

Melrose slips

Melrose FY pretax profit slipped to £128.9m, from £144.0m. Revenue was £1.38bn, from £1.47bn. It proposed a final dividend of 5.3p a share, from 5.0p, taking the total up 5% to 8.1p, from 7.75p.