Gilt Yields Rise Further as IMF, Moody's Criticize UK Budget

0935 GMT - U.K. 10-year gilt yields rise further, again hitting their highest since 2008, as the IMF and Moody's rating agency waded in to criticize the U.K.'s plans for large tax cuts to be funded by borrowing. The IMF said the plans were inappropriate and likely to stoke inequality, while Moody's said large, unfunded tax cuts were "credit negative." The scale of the move in gilt yields "will be alarming for the government," says Derek Halpenny, MUFG's head of research for global markets EMEA in a note. A statement by U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng committing to an update on the plans on Nov. 23 wasn't helpful, he adds. U.K. 10-year gilt yields rise to a high of 4.583% in early trade Wednesday, according to Tradeweb. (jessica.fleetham@wsj.com)

 
Companies News: 

Burberry Names Daniel Lee as New Chief Creative Officer Starting October

Burberry Group PLC said that Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci will step down at the end of September, to be replaced by Daniel Lee.

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Spirax-Sarco to Buy U.S.-Based Durex International

Spirax-Sarco Engineering PLC said Wednesday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Durex International Corp., a U.S.-based specialist in custom electric thermal products.

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Avingtrans FY 2022 Pretax Profit, Revenue Rose on Organic Growth in Two Segments

Avingtrans PLC said Wednesday that its pretax profit and revenue rose in fiscal 2022, thanks to organic growth in two divisions, and that the war in Ukraine and its effect on global inflation pose the biggest uncertainties.

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DX 1H Pretax Profit Rose; Announces Capital Allocation Policy

DX (Group) PLC said Wednesday that pretax profit for the first half of fiscal 2022 rose after it booked progress at DX Freight and strong central cost control.

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Amigo Says It Is Meeting Expectations; Plans to Hold GBP40 Mln Capital Raising

Amigo Holdings PLC said Wednesday that it is performing in line with expectations, and that it plans to hold a capital raising of around 40 million pounds ($42.9 million), including a business-program-mandated share issue.

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Boohoo Group Downgrades FY 2023 Views on Lower Sales, Inflationary Pressures

Boohoo Group PLC reported on Wednesday a swing to pretax loss for the first half of fiscal 2023 and downgraded its guidance for the full-year driven by the impact of inflationary pressures and lower-than-expected sales.

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Gama Aviation Sees Lower 2H Margins; 1H Pretax Loss Narrowed

Gama Aviation PLC said Wednesday that it expects margins in the second half to be hurt by inflationary cost pressures and supply-chain challenges as it reported a narrowed first-half pretax loss on higher revenue.

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DP Poland 1H Pretax Loss Widened as Higher Costs Outweighed Revenue Jump

DP Poland PLC said Wednesday that its pretax loss widened despite a rise in revenue, due to increased direct costs from inflationary pressures.

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Everyman Media 1H Pretax Loss Narrowed After Admissions Growth

Everyman Media Group PLC said Wednesday that its pretax loss for the first half of 2022 narrowed following healthy admissions growth and robust spending per customer.

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XP Factory 1H Pretax Loss Widened Amid Higher Costs

XP Factory PLC said Wednesday that its pretax loss for the first half of 2022 widened as costs increased, but that revenue jumped due to the strong performance of its Escape Hunt and Boom Battle Bar brands.

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Diversified Energy Buys Texas, Oklahoma Assets from ConocoPhillips for $240 Mln

Diversified Energy Co. said Wednesday that it has acquired certain upstream assets and related facilities in Oklahoma and Texas from ConocoPhillips Co. for $240 million before adjustments.

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Roebuck Food Swung to 1H Pretax Profit, Revenue Rose

Roebuck Food Group PLC said Wednesday that it swung to a first-half pretax profit on continuing activities and that revenue rose, and that it was still carrying out a strategic review of its businesses.

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CML Microsystems Sees 1H Profit Beating Views, FY 2023 Topping Market Forecasts

Shares of CML Microsystems PLC rose 13% on Wednesday after the company said it expects to report profit for the first half of the fiscal year that is significantly above management's previous expectations after a strong start to the year, and to beat market forecasts for the year as a whole.

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7Digital 1H Pretax Loss Narrowed After Licensing, Contract Wins

7Digital Group PLC said Wednesday that its pretax loss for the first half of 2022 narrowed after it secured five new licensing customers and three contract expansions or extensions.

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Glantus Shares Plummet After Warning on 2022 Revenue, Earnings

Shares in Glantus Holdings PLC fell 61% in early trade Wednesday after it warned full-year revenue and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization are seen to be significantly below market expectations.

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Non-Standard Finance Seeks Capital Raise to Pay Debts, Shares Fall 58%

Non-Standard Finance PLC shares more than halved on Wednesday after the company reported a widened pretax loss for the first half of 2022 and said it is pursuing a capital raise to redress liabilities.

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EMIS 1H Pretax Profit Slipped on Exceptional Costs; Revenue Rose

EMIS Group PLC said Wednesday that its first-half pretax profit slipped despite a rise in revenue, primarily on one-off costs related to its technology transformation program.

 
Market Talk: 

Royal Mail's Strike Woes Look Likely to Linger

0918 GMT - Royal Mail looks threathened by further industrial action in the critical run up to the festive season and the all-important Black Friday/Cyber Monday period and this could cost it around GBP19 million, Interactive Investor's head of investment Victoria Scholar says in a note. "The dispute is dragging on and on, having kicked off early this summer and will have a negative impact on its next set of financial results in November," she says. The postal service and courier company is also dealing with rising costs amid inflation and the long-term structural decline in letter volumes. Shares trade down 8% at 178.45 pence. (kyle.morris@dowjones.com)

Boohoo's Long-Term Aspirations Seen Progressing Despite Headwinds

0914 GMT - Boohoo reported a disappointing first half due to a weakening in consumer demand, but its key initiatives to support its long-term aspirations are still progressing, Jefferies analysts Andrew Wade and Grace Gilberg say in a note. The online fashion retailer continues to invest in strategic projects--with Sheffield's logistics automation going live and the U.S. warehouse construction on track--and a wholesale new sales portal, the analysts say. "Thinking about the bigger picture, Boohoo remains a far larger business than it was pre-pandemic and, with over GBP300M of financing headroom to weather the challenges, management continues to focus on the longer term opportunity," they say. (michael.susin@wsj.com)

A.G. Barr's Lowered Forecasts Prompt Downgrades

0847 GMT - Although drinks company A.G. Barr reported a strong first half for fiscal 2023, cost inflation and weak consumer sentiment has led to margin guidance for the year of around 14%, down from 14.9% in fiscal 2022, Liberum analyst Wayne Brown says in a note. The company hasn't provided any profit guidance for fiscal 2024 but Liberum expects a further margin decline to 12.4% for the year from 13.9% in fiscal 2023's forecasts. "AG Barr remains one of the more resilient names in the current climate, defensive both against a consumer downturn and with brand power to work through inflationary times," Brown says. Liberum cuts its rating on the stock to hold from buy, and lowers its target price to 525 pence from 655 pence. Shares are down 5% at 467 pence. (anthony.orunagoriainoff@dowjones.com)

 

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