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FTSE skids to lows on miners as Wall St, Europe fall

Tumbling miners drove the FTSE 100 down to four-week lows as crude prices ebbed, with falling supermarkets providing additional impetus as investors fretted about sector growth prospects. FTSE 250 skidded to levels last seen mid March. Wall St and Europe were lower.

Shell's Q1 earnings slide

Royal Dutch Shell said its Q1 CCS earnings attributable to shareholders came in at USD0.8bn, down 83% from USD4.8bn. The recently-acquired BG Group has been included in the results.

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.

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.

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