A record number of companies are rushing out results before next weekend's bank holiday, as the FTSE improves its corporate governance. Among the businesses planning to announce profits are advertising agency WPP, drinks group Diageo, engineer IMI and Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury. Around 70 companies are reporting on what is being dubbed "Super Thursday". Corporate governance watchdogs, such as the Financial Reporting Council, and leading investors have put pressure on companies to narrow the gap between interim and year-end results. Coupled with improved accountancy procedures, companies have published their results steadily earlier. A typical interim date is 30 June and many companies that used to reveal their profits in September have brought forward their announcements. Over the past decade, Diageo has brought forward publication by 10 days; IMI's results will be 15 days ahead of its 2001 statement. Independent on Sunday, p22