Tractebel profits:

Belgian energy group Tractebel announced a 10.3 per cent increase in first half net profits to Euro281.9m ($295m). Suez Lyonnaise has made a bid to buy the 49.7 per cent it does not already own of Tractebel. Suez`s absorption of Tractebel could be followed by a merger of Tractebel with its electricity and gas subsidiaries, Electrabel and Distrigaz – of which it owns 40 and 42 per cent respectively.