We had Passenger Statistics for December from Easyjet (EZJ) today, which on their own are not that interesting there were a couple of interesting snippets within them. Firstly the load factor (how full the planes are) was down in December by 1.8% despite passenger numbers being up by 4.6%. They put this down to the effects of the Paris attacks and flagged that with around 23% of their capacity during December was in France and they are the second largest carrier in that country. However on a more positive note they did say that load factors are now returning to more normal levels (which is in line with previous experience with these types of events) and that they do not anticipate any change to full year forecasts at this stage.
Meanwhile closer to home in brief we had a trading update from the housebuilder Persimmon (PSN) which as expected looked pretty positive. It looks to me as though the revenues they are suggesting are slightly ahead of forecasts so I assume we might see some more upgrades ahead of the full year numbers next month.