BOC fall in earnings

Shares in industrial gases firm BOC Group fell more than 5% after it chopped 14% off its earnings per share in the financial year just ended by adopting new UK financial reporting standards.
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Shares in industrial gases firm BOC Group fell more than 5% after it chopped 14% off its earnings per share in the financial year just ended by adopting new UK financial reporting standards. Analysts said the shares were also pressured by weakness in the rand in South Africa, where BOC made 7% of its sales, and a cautious overnight statement from semiconductor equipment giant Applied Materials.