Royal Dutch Shell have reported profits of $7.95 billion (£5.1 billion) for the first quarter of 2013.
A move to buy back $60 billion in shares from shareholders has seen Apple raise $17 billion via a bond sale.
Following the sale of their Spanish retail business, Lloyds Banking Group have reported a big rise in profits for the first three months of the year.
Lloyds Banking Group have struck a deal with Spanish bank, Banco Sabadell, that will see them sell their Spanish retail banking business in exchange for 1.8% of the Spanish bank.
Greggs have warned that expected profits will be lower this year due to a fall in sales.
The growing sales of smartphones has helped boost profits at Samsung Electronics.
Sterling gained around one per cent against the Dollar and the Euro following the release of the eagerly awaited first quarter growth figures Thursday morning. The Office for National Statics said the economy grew by 0.3% in the first three months of 2013, three times the consensus amongst economists who had predicted growth of 0.1%.
The deVere Group results for the opening quarter of 2013 highlight a positive trend of turnover and profitability due to high returns for clients and the streamlining of its business operations.
An analysis of changes in Google query volume for search terms related to finance reveals patterns that could be interpreted as early-warning signs of stock market moves.
One of the fault lines to address was predicted before the single currency even started and is the divergence in economic activity which results from a one-size-fits-all monetary policy. Such a pattern soon became apparent in the Eurozone with low inflation Germany and the core countries enjoying increasing trade gains as the periphery sank into deficit.