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Tuesday preview: Michael Page International reports

Michael Page International is expected to report a profit decline but an improvement in revenue when the white collar recruiter unveils its first-quarter results Tuesday.

Michael Page International is expected to report a profit decline but an improvement in revenue when the white collar recruiter unveils its first-quarter results Tuesday.

Its focus on permanent recruitment, which accounts for 78% of gross profit, is likely to drag on performance, according to analysts.

The company's main growth has come from temporary hires as employers remain cautious to take on permanent staff.

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However, if the firm's full-year results in March were any indication, the first quarter should show rise in earnings.

At the time of the annual statement, Michael Page outlined a modestly improving outlook and said it anticipated the hiring environment would gain momentum through the year.

JP Morgan Cazenove forecasts a gross profit of £131.6m for the first quarter, a like-for-like decline of 3.7%, after a 3.6% fall in fourth quarter and 7.7% growth for the same period a year earlier.

Tuesday April 16th

INTERIMS

Utilitywise

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Consumer Price Index (EU) (10:00)

ECB President Draghi speaks at European parliament (14:00)

Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (EU) (10:00)

Housing Starts (US) (13:30)

Industrial Production (US) (16:15)

ZEW Survey (EU) (10:00)

ZEW Survey (GER) (10:00)

CPI (US) (13:30)

Housing starts (US) (13:30)

Industrial production (US) (13:30)

FINALS

JSC Acron GDR (Reg S), M. P. Evans Group

ANNUAL REPORT

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AGMS

Maven Income and Growth VCT 5, Ottoman Fund Ltd., Perform Group, Porvair, Telecity Group

UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Producer Price Index (09:30)

Consumer Price Index (09:30)

Q1

Michael Page International

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