The competition watchdog has announced an investigation into the supply of construction services in the UK.
Kettle safety control manufacturer Strix Group reported a year of “solid performance” in its final results on Thursday, including 7. 9% growth in sales volumes and a 2. 7% improvement in revenue to £93. 8m.
Computer games retailer Game Digital reported that cost-cutting had led to an increase in interim profits, despite a drop in revenue.
Oil rig construction company Lamprell reported a net loss of $70. 7m in its results for the year ended 31 December on Thursday, as a result of lower revenues and a loss from the East Anglia One project.
Wynnstay Group's shares plummeted on Thursday after the agricultural products supplier said it was trading behind seasonal norms amid Brexit uncertainty and warned that its interim results will fall "substantially" compared to last year.
Petroleum exploration and production company EnQuest reported a 48. 2% improvement to its average group production in its final results on Thursday, to 55,447 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
UK government borrowing fell to a 17-year low for the financial year so far, supporting improved official forecasts and giving the chancellor room to ease the strain on public services.
Inkjet printing technology company Xaar reported a 37% decline in revenue in its full year results for the 12 months ended 31 December on Thursday, to £63. 5m.
UK retail bounced back more than expected last month, boosted by online non-food shopping and motor fuel sales.
Pottery company Portmeirion Group reported its 10th consecutive year of record group revenue in its final results on Thursday, with the figure increasing 5. 7% year-on-year to £89. 6m.
Chemring backed its full-year expectations on Thursday but warned that revenue, underlying operating profit and cash will be more significantly weighted to the second half due to operational disruption at some of its manufacturing sites.
Data analytics and implementation services company Diaceutics confirmed the admission of its entire issued ordinary share capital, which comprises 69,583,077 ordinary shares, to trading on AIM on Thursday morning.
IG Group's revenues fell 12% in the third quarter compared to the second as the online trading platform continued to adjust to new regulations and lower levels of volatility in financial markets in the last two months.
Clothing retailer Next confirmed full-year sales and profits in line with its pre-close statement in January and maintained its central guidance for earnings to grow 3. 6% for the year ahead.
Shares in Renishaw slumped as the engineering group cautioned that full-year results would come in below previous guidance.
London stocks edged higher in early trade on Thursday, with mining and precious metals companies lending support as investors digested a dovish policy announcement from the Federal Reserve, looked ahead to the latest announcement from the Bank of England and mulled overnight Brexit events.
Energean Oil & Gas reported a decent rise in its sales revenue in the 2018 financial year on Thursday, with the figure ending the year at $90. 3m, compared to $57. 8m a year earlier.
Fashion brand Ted Baker reported a 26. 1% drop in annual profit on Thursday following a "difficult" year in which it was hit by a "forced hugging" scandal that culminated in the resignation of founder and boss Ray Kelvin.
Civitas Social Housing has completed the purchase of 19 regulated social housing properties, comprising 266 tenancies, for a total consideration of around £73. 5m, it announced on Thursday.
Persimmon announced on Thursday that it would become the first major UK housebuilder to adopt a policy of providing a homebuyer's retention, by writing into its standard contract that 1. 5% of the total home value - equating to around 6% of the build fabric costs - could be withheld by the buyer's solicitor until any faults identified at the point of key release were resolved.