European shares inched higher in morning trade on Friday, helped by encouraging company earnings and a march higher for construction and material stocks led by a rise in 2012 sales targets for French firm Vinci .
Sandvik jumped 10 percent, with volumes hitting 143 percent of its 90-day daily average, after the Swedish machinery and tool maker posted record orders and a surprise rise in quarterly earnings, on the back of strong demand in its industrial tools and mining business.
The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.1 percent at 1,045.09 points at 0850 GMT after falling to a low of 1,034.54 earlier in the session following a two-notch cut in Spain's credit rating overnight.
Agthia profit surges 21pc in H1
Agthia Group, one of the UAE’s leading food and beverage groups, has reported a net profit of Dh104.5 million (28.45 million) for the first half of 2014, an increase of 21 percent year-on-year driven
BNH net profit surges 23.2pc to $6.15m
Bahrain National Holding (BNH) has reported 23.2 per cent rise in consolidated net profit at BD2.34 million ($6.15 million) for the six months ended June 30 when compared with BD1.9 million for the s