The share price fall came despite reporting first-half pre-tax profits up 3% to £85.1m. Analysts remain bullish, however. ING raised its full-year target to £202m. Merrill Lynch said it would review its forecasts and reiterated its "strong buy" recommendation"
Rank ruled out a share buy-back.
The Times 07/09/02 page 43 (Stock Markets), page 47 (Need to know & Results in brief)
The Daily Telegraph 07/09/02 page 33