This week’s results

{{Industrial sector indices

% Week Up/Down % Year Up/Down

Mining -6.53 down 0.91 upOil and gas -2.90 down -2.46 downChemicals -2.36 down -13.79 downSteel/Metals -3.60 down -31.05 downAerospace/Defence 2.59 up 0.78 upElectronic & Electrical eqpt -1.33 down 129.18 upEng & Machinery -0.42 down -16.60 downAutomobiles 1.47 up -16.50 downHousehold goods -6.40 down -5.22 downBeverages -2.17 down -6.67 downFood prod & processing -0.61 down -16.63 downPackaging -0.91 down -8.05 downPharmaceuticals -3.45 down 17.95 upUtilities -0.19 down -4.16 downIT 1.16 up 105.73 up

Information compiled from FTSE Actuaries Share Indices, producedin conjunction with the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries}}

{{Results round-up

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

Aim Group 4.38 4.05 8 66.4 67.2 -1Year to 30.4.00IFX Power 5.72 2.65 116 48.6 25.2 91Interim to 30.6.00Loades 0.79 0.38 108 12.3 8.52 44Interim to 31.3.00Xaar 0.7 -0.36 n/a 10.8 5.4 100Interim to 30.6.00

Information extracted from companies’ interim and preliminaryresults}}

Pre-tax profits at aircraft interior maker Aim Group rose by 8%, helped by refurbishment contracts involving new products such as its mood lighting system for Virgin Atlantic and crew rest modules for British Airways. Aim is looking for acquisition targets following a drop in debt to £8m in the year to 30 April, from £13.5m the previous year.

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