Purplebricks has issued the briefest-of-brief statements to the City and the company's investors to assure them it is "on course".
The latest statement reads, in full:
"Purplebricks Group plc ('Purplebricks' or 'the Group'), the leading hybrid estate agency, confirms that following the closing of the first half of the financial year, it remains on course to meet the board's expectations for the full year. The Group's Interim Results will be released on December 13."
Some eyebrows were raised in September when the agency issued a trading statement saying, in summary, that it had 640 Local Property Experts and that its revenue for the first half of 2017 was likely to be double that of the same period for 2016. However, to some observers' surprise, it made no reference to profits.
The agency's share price hit its all-time high of over 514p in August this year but dropped sharply around the time of its appearance on the BBC Watchdog programme, which criticised several elements of its customer service and advertising. The agency also featured in several Advertising Standards Authority judgements in recent weeks - of the two key decisions, one went in its favour and one against.
After the release of the latest brief statement, however, Purplebricks' share price rallied to go well over the 400p mark.
The interim results scheduled for release in mid-December will include latest numbers of LPEs, listing volumes and profits.