Round Up - National Express, William Hill, Disney

Transport group National Express said half-year revenues drove 11% per cent higher despite passenger confidence being hit by the Brussels terrorist attacks in March. National Express said its Coach division had seen a “notable reduction” in passenger numbers immediately following the attacks. However, revenues at the division rose 4% over the period with passenger volumes up 6%.

Bookies William Hill has blamed a poor Cheltenham racing festival and unfavourable European football results for a 3% dip in revenues in the 17 weeks to April 26. Online net revenue dropped 11%.

Iconic entertainment group Walt Disney has thanked the new Star Wars movie ‘The Force Awakens’ for second quarter net income rising to $2.1billion, up $35million on the same time last year. However, revenue from its cable TV network dropped 2% to $3.9billion hit by weaker advertising revenue and subscriptions for its sports network ESPN.