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Barclays, Sky, Greggs,Taylor Wimpey

Wed close: Barclays bank, which ousted chief executive Antony Jenkins over a clash of strategy, has reported a 25% rise in pre-tax profits to £3.14 billion for the six months to the end of June.

However, it took an additional provision of £850 million in the second quarter, mainly for mis-sold insurance products. This includes a further £600m to cover PPI redress, taking the total set aside for PPI to £6 billion. Shares closed up 5p at 284.6p.

Sky reported an 18% jump in full-year operating profits and said it had seen its highest organic customer growth for 11 years in Britain and Ireland, and its highest ever customer growth in Germany and Austria. Shares were up 8p at 1,132p.

Bakery chain Greggs has reported a strong first half with pre-tax profit up 51% to £25.6 million on total sales up 6.4% at £398 million. Like-for-like sales rose 5.9%.

It is paying a special dividend of 20p a share and has raised the interim dividend from 6p to 7.4p. Shares closed up 101p at 1,285p.

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey completed 5,824 homes across the UK, 2.6% more than last year.

Pre-tax profit rose 33.4% to £238 million on a 12.2% uplift in revenue to £1.34 billion.

It said there had been a 9.2% jump in average selling prices to £225,000 from £206,000 for the same period in 2014.

The company will return £300m to shareholders next year- equating to around 9.22p per share. Shares rose 2.7p to 185.4p.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed 1.2% higher at 6,631 points after rising 0.8% in the previous session, when it snapped a five-day losing streak.

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