Tomkins sees ‘continued improvements’ throughout 2004

From Rubber & Plastics News
London-Tomkins plc, parent of Gates Rubber Co. and other related units, anticipates continued improvements in its financial performance throughout the rest of 2004, based on “tangible progress” in the first half despite “sharply increasing” raw material costs and a weaker US dollar.

For the six months ended 30 June, Tomkins reported a 6.3-percent gain in operating profit to $249.9 million but a 3.2-percent drop in net sales to $2.72 billion, based on the weakening dollar-pound exchange rate. The improved earnings pushed the…

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