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Today's Company Announcements

Autonomy Corp Q1 pre-tax profit $8.8m on revenues of $14.7m vs $11.7m and states the long term outlook is promising

WPP Q1 revenues up 73% with combined LFL sales up 6% in the quarter

Abbey National announce that H1 mortgage lending was expected to be towards the upper end of its 5-10% market share target and that Q1 profits are well ahead of the last year

AstraZeneca is due to announce Q1 figures later today

Rank Group have said in a trading statement that trading for Q1 was satisfactory and in line with their expectations but that its profits are substantially ahead of last year as a result of the restructuring undertaken in 2000

Halma Plc announce that they see their final results being in-line with current market expectations

John Laing final pre-tax profit £5.7m vs £52.7 due to the heavy losses incurred in the Laing Construction arm

Markets and gossip

BT has announced that Christopher Bland is to replace Ian Vallance as the Chairman from May 1st 2001

Qualcomm may dent the recent rally in tech stocks after it announced last night that whilst it had met Q2 estimates they significantly reduced their Q3 forecasts, the stock fell 13% in after hours trading

Capio has made a recommended cash offer of 665p/share for Community Hospitals

The Guardian reports that Barclays is planning to bring in longer opening hours at most of its branches creating as many as 2000 new jobs in a major strategy U-turn

Scottish Provident are to sell their 59.9m Aberdeen Asset Management shares, 38.6% of the company, via a placing and bookbuilding closing on May 3rd

Investors Week Share Buys Wellington United, Aero Inventory and Parthus

Shares Magazine Share Buys Concurrent Technologies, Jarvis Hotels, Giardino Group

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