Safety, health and sensor technology group Halma is one of those steady-Eddie companies that rarely makes waves.
Thursday's full year results should see the company continue its impressive record of consistent double-digit percentage growth.
The consensus market forecast is for earnings per share to shot up by a fifth to 24.63p from 20.49p the year before. Underlying profit before tax is seen breaking through the £100m barrier to £120.8m on sales of £581m. #
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The health and analysis part of the group is expected to be the fastest growing division. There is also likely to be an update on the integration of recent acquisitions; the company is not quite in the WPP class when it comes to frequent bolt-on additions but it has a strong track record of wise purchases.
Full year figures from Carphone Warehouse will need a bit of jiggling to take into account the decision back in November to simplify its relationship with US consumer electronics retailer Best Buy.
The group abandoned its roll-out of so-called "big box" stores in collaboration with Best Buy in the UK and also sold its share of Best Buy Mobile's US and Canadian businesses for £838m.
Smoke signals from the company have not been too encouraging, with the group admitting to a decline in May in its like-for-like revenues in its European division, but the group has resolutely stuck by its full-year earnings guidance.
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