The week in figures

{{Industrial sector indices

% Week Up/Down % Year Up/Down

Mining -0.30 down 14.50 upChemicals 0.69 up -7.10 downSteel/Metals 8.63 up -10.84 downAerospace/Defence 4.39 up -12.77 downDiversified industries -4.75 down 54.02 upElectronic & Electrical eqpt -2.95 down 122.84 upEng & Machinery 3.43 up -10.77 downAutomobiles 3.51 up -10.69 downHousehold goods 2.87 up -5.61 downBeverages 5.87 up -13.81 downFood prod & processing 7.98 up -16.74 downPackaging -2.78 down -1.26 downPharmaceuticals 0.20 up 8.13 upUtilities 3.02 up -8.95 downIT -8.95 down 119.01 up

Information compiled from FTSE Actuaries Share Indices, produced inconjunction with the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries}}

{{Results round-up

Company Pre-tax profit Turnover £m £m This Last %Chg This Last %Chg

Avon Rubber 5.7 9.5 -40 140 132 6Interim to 1.4.00

BG Group 844 594 42 1514 1401 8Quarter to 31.3.00

BOC 160.6 184.4 -13 1837 1533 20Year to 31.3.00

Viridian 89.5 86.6 3 566 512 11Year to 31.3.00

Information extracted from companies’ interim and preliminaryresults}}

Energy giant BG Group posted pre-tax profits up 42% to £844m, on sales up 8% to £1.51bn, for the three months to the end March. Its exploration and production operations had a record year, with profits up 226% to £152m. Liquefied natural gas turned a £2m loss last time into an operating profit of £5m, while transmission made £1m, compared to a £4m loss over the same period last year.

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