This week sees a number of firms prepare to release details on their performance, as the markets pick up activity after the British bank holiday.

This afternoon the dollar stood at 1.8377 against the pound, while the euro was at 1.4542 to sterling.

Today CSR and Formation Group began the week releasing their interim results, while Epic Reconstruction published its final figures.

Wednesday sees interim results for BG Group, British American Tobacco and BSkyB released, while Taylor Woodrow will be issuing its final results.

Numis Corporation, SurfControl (Q3), Tomkins and York Pharma are all also due to update interim figures tomorrow.

On Thursday Imperial Chemical Industries, and multinational giants Royal Dutch Shell and Unilever issue new figures.

The end of the week then sees Blacks Leisure, iTrain and John David Group detail their final results.