Ebro Puleva: posts a net profit of 49 million euro

Madrid / ES. (ep) The Ebro Puleva Group posted a net turnover of 1.278 million euro in the first half-year 2007, a year-on-year growth of twelve percent. Operating profits also showed strong growth, reflecting the sound performance of the business in the first six months. In particular, the Ebitda or Gross Operating Profit was up 12,5 percent to 153 million euro, following investments of 42 million euro in advertising, 22 percent more than last year.

McDonald´s: reports another strong quarter

Oak Brook / IL. (mdc) McDonald´s Corporation announced that global comparable sales rose 8,4 percent in June and 7,4 percent in the second quarter. Systemwide sales for McDonald´s restaurants worldwide increased 12,5 percent for the month (9,7 percent in constant currencies) and 11,4 percent for the quarter (8,6 percent in constant currencies).

Barry Callebaut: enters attractive Indian market

Zurich / CH. (bc) Barry Callebaut, the world´s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, will enter the fast-growing Indian chocolate market by opening a sales office in Mumbai in September. The company will also inaugurate a new Chocolate Academy in India´s largest city in December, where Indian confectioners can enhance their chocolate skills through courses and practical workshops.