Canon Reports Solid Profit Jump

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Canon said its net profit jumped 22% in the April to June period thanks to surging sales of multifunction office devices and industrial equipment.

EasyJet Profit Forecast Disappoints

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EasyJet said it expects pretax profit to rise as much as 19% this year despite the impact on travel from turmoil in Israel, Egypt and Moscow, but the airline's shares dropped as the forecast fell short of analysts' hopes.

Qualcomm Profit Rises; Company Notes 'Challenges' in China

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Qualcomm's third-quarter profit rose 42% and the San Diego-based company on Wednesday also increased its full-year earnings outlook.

Kingfisher Shares Fall on Weak Trading in France, Poland

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Shares in Kingfisher dropped more than 7% after the European home improvement retailer said trading had been slower than anticipated, particularly in France and Poland

Newcrest Warns on Write-Downs

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Newcrest Mining's new chief executive warned of another possible multibillion-dollar write-down of assets, testing the patience of investors already unnerved by weakening metal prices and a recent penalty for disclosure breaches.

Nokia Swings to Profit

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Finland's mobile-network maker Nokia said its expectations for 2014 have improved, as its financial performance in the latest quarter was helped by the sale of its handset business to Microsoft.

SABMiller Beer Volumes Rise

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The world's No. 2 brewer SABMiller said sales and beer volumes rose steadily in the first three months of its financial year, buoyed by strong growth in Africa and Europe.

Roche Hurt by Currencies

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Roche Holding's first-half net profit slid 7% under pressure from exchange rates but strong sales of its cancer therapies prompted the Swiss drug giant to confirm its outlook for the full year.

Unilever's Emerging Market Growth Slows

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Unilever flagged a further slowdown in the emerging markets, even as first-half profit grew on the back of a number of disposals.

Repsol Posts Rise in Second-Quarter Profit

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Spanish oil major Repsol reported a 95% rise in second-quarter profit, boosted by the sale of stock in its former Argentine unit and bonds the company received in compensation for its nationalization.

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