Transport group Stagecoach
Overall current trading remains good and we believe the prospects for the group remain positive, the company said in a statement on Thursday. The overall profitability of the group has remained good.
Scotland-based Stagecoach said Virgin Rail, a joint venture in which it owns a 49 percent stake, was progressing its bid for the new West Coast Trains rail franchise which was put up for tender by Britain's Department for Transport last month.
Like-for-like revenue at Stagecoach's UK rail business, which includes London commuter franchise South West Trains, grew 9.5 percent in the 40 weeks to February 5.
Virgin Rail Group achieved an 8.9 percent jump in like-for-like revenue in the same period.
Sales at Stagecoach's British bus unit climbed 3 percent, while its North American coaches operation posted a 13.3 percent leap in the nine months to the end of January.
Rival British transport firm National Express Group
Shares in the Scottish group, which have risen 8 percent in the last three months, closed at 268.4 pence on Wednesday, valuing the company at around 1.5 billion pounds.
(Reporting by Rhys Jones; editing by Paul Sandle)