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Accor slips after earnings warning

Posted on August 28, 2013

Earnings from two of France’s blue-chip stocks were responsible for the best and one of the worst performances on pan-European stock indices.

Shares in Accor, Europe’s largest hotel group, fell 4.4 per cent to €27.52 after the company warned on full-year profit after reporting weaker than expected first-half results.

    The owner of the Novotel and Ibis chains said operating profit in its first six months fell 6.4 per cent to €198m and forecast full-year profit to come in at between €510m-€530m, just below market estimates of €535m.

    “Even with significant help from the cost savings programme, Accor still expects full-year core earnings to be below last year,” said Geof Collyer at Deutsche Bank.

    At the other end of the FTSE Eurofirst 300 stood Bouygues, the conglomerate, up 10.5 per cent to €25.33 after it maintained its profit outlook following a 10 per cent rise in second-quarter operating profit to €432m, beating expectations.

    Overall, however, market sentiment remained clouded by the sell-off in emerging markets and the Syrian crisis. The Eurofirst 300 fell 0.3 per cent to 1,198.56.

    Among the top gainers, oil groups were prominent as the threat of international involvement in Syria drove up oil prices.

    Spanish oil producer Repsol added 3.2 per cent to €18.11 while Norway’s Statoil gained 4.2 per cent to NKr137.60.

    Oilfield services groups were also strong after forecast-beating results from Oslo-listed Seadrill, which climbed 2.9 per cent to NKr273.50. Italian rival Saipem gained 2.4 per cent to €16.58.

    The sharp rise in oil prices over past couple of sessions hit shares in the region’s airlines. Lufthansa fell 3.2 per cent to €13.49 and Air France-KLM lost 3 per cent to €5.74.

    Ryanair fell 0.1 per cent to €6.51 after the UK Competition Commission ordered the Dublin-based airline to cut its holding in rival Aer Lingus from nearly 30 per cent to no more than 5 per cent.

    Utilities were broadly higher as gains took on a more defensive feel. France’s GDF Suez rose 2.2 per cent to €16.60 after Credit Suisse raised its rating to outperform from neutral.