Household bills at British Gas will will be around �90 lower this year than in 2013, thanks to mild weather and a freeze on energy prices.
Royal Dutch Shell's (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B) second quarter 2014 earnings, on a current cost of supplies (CCS) basis (see Note 2), were $5.1 billion compared with $2.4 billion for the same quarter a year ago.
AstraZeneca, the drug maker which recently saw off a �70bn takeover attempt, has surprised investors by raising its full-year outlook following six months of "significant progress" in selling its new drugs.
Rolls-Royce said the pound's strength proved a major drag on its results in the first half, as the engine-maker reported revenue down 7pc and profits 20pc lower.
Balfour Beatty, the UK's biggest construction company, has called off talks on �3.05bn merger with rival Carillion after just seven days.