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Three things you need to know in the financial markets this morning from investment writer, Tony Cross.

Pets at Home

Pets at Home [LON:PETS] has published interim results this morning, showing a solid first half performance which is putting the business on track to deliver full year profits at the upper end of market forecasts. Growth has been seen across the board, but this has come with a degree of margin erosion. Investors may however be happy to look beyond that given the broader challenges faced by the retail sector – and the idea that the business isn’t itself facing such headwinds.


Food producer Cranswick {LON:CWK] is also publishing upbeat interims this morning, with news that revenues have risen by 7.1%, lifting adjusted pre-tax profits by 5.6%. Margins remain unchanged against the same period last year and the dividend is being increased by 5%. The company is making good progress in the Chinese market, where domestic pork prices have been rising sharply after the outbreak of swine flu. The business will however need to try and ensure it can continue to maintain momentum here once local supply normalises.

De La Rue

Secure printers De La Rue [LON:DLAR] had warned the market that the half year results wouldn’t be pretty and today’s statement confirms the fact. Revenues are down by 15%, adjusted operating profits have collapsed almost 90% and the dividend has been suspended in a bid to manage debt. A series of high level staff departures in recent months has paved the way for a wholesale review of business operations, but the uncertainty here may struggle to lend any support to an already beaten down share price.

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Please note this article does not constitute investment advice. Investors are encouraged to do their own research beforehand or consult a professional advisor.

Tony Cross

Tony Cross

Tony Cross is a market commentator with over 15 years of experience, producing compelling, insightful copy for journalists and investors alike. Focusing on macroeconomics, UK blue chip equities and inter market analysis, Cross's commentary is well regarded for its clarity and ability to cut through the waffle. He has been quoted in publications as diverse as The Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian and The Sun. He has also been a regular guest on both Share Radio and TipTV.

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