This week’s results

{{Industrial sector indices

% Week Up/Down % Year Up/Down

Mining 6.47 Up -8.26 DownOil and gas -1.81 Down -2.13 DownChemicals 0.17 Up -16.86 DownSteel/Metals -8.36 Down -45.41 DownAerospace/Defence -0.16 Down -0.73 DownElectronic & Electrical eqpt 1.05 Up 148.71 UpEng & Machinery 0.99 Up -19.36 DownAutomobiles 4.39 Up -14.20 DownHousehold goods 0.75 Up -9.18 DownBeverages 1.49 Up -1.11 DownFood prod & processing -0.38 Down -13.85 DownPackaging 1.13 Up -7.78 DownPharmaceuticals -1.30 Down 27.91 UpUtilities 2.06 Up 4.41 UpIT 3.22 Up 111.84 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

Bookham Technology -17.7 -7.3 142 7.1 0.7 914Interim to 2.7.00MTL Instruments 1.67 1.69 -1 23.6 21.5 10Interim to 30.6.00Weir Group 25.5 28.3 -10 420 357 18Interim to 30.6.00Balfour Beatty 35 16 119 1100 1500 -27Interim to 1.7.00

Information extracted from companies’ interim and preliminaryresults}}

Weir Group unveiled a mixed set of interim figures, with strong overseas performance offset by tougher times for its UK companies. Executive chairman Sir Ron Garrick said he would continue to focus on areas where it could establish significant market positions. Weir is currently negotiating disposals in order to expand its core activities.

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