- Global (calendar H1)
The German-headquartered sportswear company, the world's second-largest after Nike of the USA, reported increased net profits of €44 million ($53.05m; £29.07m) compared with €32m a year earlier. Sales of sportswear, gear and shoes rose year-on-year by 5.5% to €1.47 billion from €1.39bn.
As a result of its strong H1 performance, the company expects full-year net profit to rise by about 20%, up on a previously forecast gain of between 15%-20%. It expects sales to rise about 5% this year, up from a previous goal of 3% to 5%, on a currency-neutral basis.
Global (calendar Q2)
The German maker of luxury marques BMW and Rolls-Royce plus the Mini brand, generated an 18% rise in net profit to €671 million ($808.02m; £443.35m), compared with €568m in the same period last year. Revenue rose 16% to €11.91 billion from €10.27bn, outpacing the 13% increase in car sales.
Says management-board chairman Helmut Panke: "BMW grew on the back of its product initiative and outperformed the overall market ... We remain confident that we will be able to record further sales-volume increases for all brands and achieve new record figures for revenue and earnings for the full year."
UK (fiscal full year )
The UK's sole satellite television operator posted pre-tax profits of £480 million ($875.90m; €726.47m) in the fiscal year to June 30. This compares with £122 million in 2003.
The News Corporation-controlled company predicts pre-execeptional profits of £750 million in 2005 and £830 million in 2006.
USA/UK (calendar Q2)
The US-owned company, which operates primarily in the UK, recorded a 7.7% year-on-year rise in second quarter sales at its ntl:Home division to £397.8 million ($70619m; €585.72m). It also acquired 60,500 new customers over the same period.
Despite this it posted a Q2 net loss of £249.8m, which includes a £162.3m loss on debt extinguishment.
Between now and 2008 the company aims to add over 50,000 households each quarter for its combined telephone, TV and internet cable package -- thereby attaining a 50% share of that market.
Data sourced from multiple origins; additional content by WARC staff