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Consumer products peddler PZ Cussons updated the market on Thursday, following the end of its trading year on 31 May, reporting that during the last few months of the year, performance in the UK has been in line with its revised expectations.
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Consumer products group PZ Cussons updated the market on its trading for the year ending 31 May on Thursday, issuing a profit warning amid tough trading conditions.
Imperial Leather and Original Source maker PZ Cussons reported a drop in adjusted interim profit on Tuesday amid margin pressures and "tough" trading conditions.
Imperial Leather and Original Source owner PZ Cussons warned on Thursday that first-half operating profits will be around 10% lower than the previous period due to reduced margins in some business units in Europe and Africa.
PZ Cussons said on Wednesday that it remains on track to deliver full-year growth in operating profits despite tough trading conditions in most markets.
International consumer products group PZ Cussons revenue fell 1.5% in its full year to £809.2m, it reported on Tuesday, although the constant currency and like-for-like changes were both 0.9%.
Washing and beauty products maker PZ Cussons said its overall performance for the year remained on target, with the UK "robust", profitability improving in Australia despite challenging conditions and Nigeria trading "relatively well" in the face of significant local inflation.
Imperial Leather, Carex and Original Source maker PZ Cussons expects full year results to be in line with forecasts as it has traded well in all regions, particularly as Nigeria hits its peak season.
The ebb and flow of broker recommendations and news was the main driver of share prices on Thursday, as investors waited with baited breath for the first headlines from the meetings between China and the America's leaders, as well as the all-important US jobs report due out the next day.
Consumer goods firm PZ Cussons, which produces Imperial Leather soap, reported a 38% drop in pre-tax profit for the first half of the year, due to challenging conditions in Nigeria in Australia, while it maintained that it is on track to meet full year expectations.
London's second tier index was up by 0.22% or 39.52 points at 17,808.87.
PZ Cussons, the owner of Imperial Leather and Carex, said half-year profit was broadly flat amid "tough" market conditions, but remains positive on the outlook of the company.
First quarter trading at PZ Cussons was "robust" and the washing, bathing and beauty group was bullish that its bulging pipeline of new products will allow it to weather challenging trading conditions it is facing in most markets.
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Imperial Leather maker PZ Cussons reported a drop in pre-tax profit for the year to the end of May but sounded a more optimistic note on its future prospects.
Consumer products group PZ Cussons issued a trading update on Thursday, confirming to the market that performance for the year ended 31 May was in line with expectations.
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