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FTSE sags as crude rises, gold dips ahead of Yellen

London stocks ended on the back foot. Multiple pharmas, commercial and residential property, banks and retailers were at the southbound vanguard as gold eased and crude staged a minor rally after yesterday's torrid time.

CRH's earnings

CRH's reported sales increased 35% to 12.7 billion in the six months to the end of June and reported EBITDA more than doubled to 1.12 billion.

Coral's earnings

Coral Products - a specialist in the design, manufacture and supply of injection moulded plastic products - posts a pre-tax profit of 758,000 for the year to the end of April, up from 191,000 last time.

Vitesse's loss

Vitesse Media has substantially reduced its H1 pretax loss to 69,000m, from a loss of 125,000.

Phoenix's profit

Phoenix Group has lifted its H1 profit to £60m, from £48m, with net written premiums improving to £424m, from £387m.