British chemicals group Croda International met expectations with a 10.5 percent rise in adjusted profit for 2009, reflecting robust demand from the consumer care sector, and giving it confidence for 2010.
British chemicals maker Elementis Plc posted a 62 percent drop in full-year adjusted pretax profit, but maintained its dividend and said 2010 trading began on a positive note as customers started restocking.
Veteran Irish designer Paul Costelloe told celebrities trying their hand at fashion to pack up and content themselves with their luxury lifestyles, accusing them of stealing his thunder on the catwalk.
British sportswear retailer Sports Direct plans to oppose a fundraising by outdoor goods chain Blacks Leisure, if it can resolve a dispute over the ownership of shares in Blacks and another rival retailer.
Associated British Foods Plc, the Primark fashion stores owner and Silver Spoon sugar refiner, said its half year adjusted earnings will show a substantial rise and see very good progress for the year.