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FTSE at nadirs as miners, supermarkets wilt

London equities dived to fresh nadirs as miners bolted lower on concerns about the global and China economies, with retreating crude prices and displeasing news from several in the sector also factors. Supermarkets also fell as traders expressed concerns about sector growth rates.

Imperial Brands op. profits up

Imperial Brands reports a strong first half with reported operating profits up 4.5% at GBP1,002m with revenues rising by 5.6% to GBP12,806m.

Sainsbury's earnings

Sainsbury has swung to a FY pretax profit of GBP548m, from a year-earlier loss of GBP72m. Underlying group sales including VAT slipped to GBP25.829bn, from GBP26.122bn, as it noted on-going pricing pressures.

Glencore guides

Glencore is maintaining its full year production guidance except for E&P oil where reductions in the drilling campaign have led to a 0.3 million barrel reduction compared to previous guidance.

Randgold's profit

Randgold Resources has hiked its March-quarter pretax profit to USD85.3m, from USD60.98m. Revenue totalled USD267.56m, from USD231.23m. Shareholders have approved a 10% rise in annual dividend to USD0.66 a share.