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Market overview: 27 April

• Publishing giant Pearson continues to expect growth in sales and operating profits this year, having traded in line with expectations in the first quarter.

• Highly acquisitive media giant WPP has had a strong start to 2012 with like-for-like revenue growth coming in ahead of expectations in the first quarter.

Salamander Energy, the independent upstream oil and gas exploration and production business focused on South-East Asia, is asking its shareholders to put their hands in their pockets to accelerate its drilling programme.

Ultra Electronics, the technology company with interests in defence, transport and energy, says it will continue to face strong headwinds from both the US and UK defence market.

• Speciality chemicals producer AZ Electronic Materials said both of its core businesses performed well in April after a tough first quarter.

Imagination Technologies Group, the system-on-chip intellectual property developer, has signed a licence agreement with Sunplus Technology for intellectual property from Imagination's PowerVR SGX graphics division.

Perform, the multimedia sports content company, has put its livesport.tv platform on to Facebook.

• The growth story at media and digital communications group Aegis continued in the first quarter of 2012, albeit at a slower rate than the breakneck speed seen in 2011.

Edinburgh Dragon Trust, the FTSE 250 Asian investment trust, has seen its net asset value outperform its benchmark in the first half despite volatile conditions in equity markets.

• Revenue was up at Colt, the business communications firm, during the first three months to March 31st with the company experiencing growth across all major product categories.

• Polymers maker Victrex has appointed a new Managing Director for its Invibio biomaterials business.

• The lack of harmony arose from a group of Barclays' shareholders who believe executive pay does not reflect the share price performance.

UK Coal returned to profit for the first time in four years and more than halved its debt in 2011.

• Oil and gas producer BG Group has agreed to sell its 40 per cent interest in a company called GNL Quintero (GNLQ), the owner of a liquefied natural gas terminal in Chile.

• Online video company Forbidden Technologies has rocketed after revealing a big jump in capacity and impressive sales.

• North Sea focused oil company, Xcite Energy, says it has secured funding for the first phase of development of its wholly-owned Bentley field.

Sweett Group, an international property and infrastructure consultancy, is expecting booming Asian Pacific markets to continue to pick up the slack from a struggling Europe.

• Asset manager Schroders is to take a substantial stake in the Indian asset management business of Axis Bank.

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