On Friday, an extraordinary general meeting of France's Duc group, which specialises in certified poultry, authorised a capital increase of FF50m (€7.62m). The move will uphold the preferential rights of shareholders, announced the company in a statement. The group Verneuil Finance, which has a 36% stake in Duc (a subsidiary of the Bourgoin group) guaranteed the increased capital of the group and pledged to retain its stock market listing. According to the statement, the Duc recorded "strong growth" in turnover of 2000.