BUSINESS LIVE: Energy price gap rises; Virgin Money profits slump; Jet2 sales soar


The FTSE 100 will open at 8am. Among the companies with reports and trading updates today are Virgin Money, Jet2, Motorpoint, Weir Group, FirstGroup, Mitie Group and Hornby. Read the Thursday 23 November Business Live blog below.

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Jet2 lifted by package holiday demand

Jet2 says it is on track to meet annual forecasts after posting a jump in operating profit for the six months to the end of September, helped by ongoing strong demand for flights and holidays.

While Jet2’s British customer base has been hit by higher bills in the last two years, holiday companies and airlines have found consumers have not cut back on holidays.

Profit before nasties came in 32 per cent higher in the first half, after it took more people on holiday, and more of those opted for its higher-margin package holidays.

Virgin Money profits slump

Virgin Money UK profits slumped after pressure on lending margins and stubborn inflation squeezed the bank’s returns.

The British lender posted an underlying profit before tax £593million for the last financial year, down 24 per cent year-on-year and well below forecasts of £625million.

Virgin Money, owner of the former Glasgow-based Clydesdale Bank, also announced an additional share buyback plan of £150million.

Average energy bill to rise by £94 in January to hit £1,928, Ofgem reveals