4:00 PM Frankfurt – Altice plans to spin-off its U.S. business as the cable operator struggles with heavy debt load. Continental AG is said to explore restructuring. Games Workshop net more than doubled on strong sales growth. Safestore net declined. Morrison offered upbeat estimate on holiday sales.
In London trading, FTSE 100 index decreased 23.91 or 0.3% to 7,700.75 and in Frankfurt the DAX index advanced 53.92 or 0.4% to 13,376.87.
In Paris, CAC 40 index increased 19.91 or 0.4% to 5,490.54.
soared 9% to €10.30 after the Netherlands-based communications and content provider said its board had approved plans to spin-off its U.S. business from its European operation and lower debt.
jumped 6.8% to €254.70 after Bloomberg news reported that Germany-based automobile parts supplier is considering to restructure its operations and may even break companies in two or more businesses.
Games Workshop Group Plc
slumped 3.7% to 2,551.50 pence after the U.K.-based toys maker said revenues in the first-half ending in November soared 53.6% from a year ago to £108.9 million.
Net income in the period surged to £31.4 million from £10.9 million in a year ago period and diluted earnings per share jumped to 96.8 pence from 33.9 pence.
The toys maker said total operating profit increased to £38.8 million from £13.8 million in the same period a year ago.
Safestore Holdings Plc
increased 1.5% to 484.40 pence after the U.K.-based self-storage facilities provider reported revenues in the year ending in October jumped 12.6% from a year ago to £129.9 million.
Net income in the period declined 10.4% to £78.3 million from £87.4 million in a year ago period and diluted earnings per share slipped to 37.3 pence from 41.7 pence.
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
advanced 2.4% to 232.40 pence after the U.K.-based supermarket stores retailer said comparable retail sales ending in the ten-weeks to January 7 increased 2.1%, wholesale sales rose 0.7% and total sales excluding fuel jumped 2.6% compared to the same period a year ago.