WS Atkins says it is on course

WS Atkins said yesterday its trading was in line with forecasts ahead of its annual shareholder meeting. The engineer said that while the UK market remains difficult and Europe business is on the wane, strong growth in the Middle East and Asia Pacific is enough to put the firm on course to hit its targets. The firm also warned that revenues and margins in its North American business will be hit by poor performance at its construction management arm.