RF Brooks is one of the few companies profiting from the new supplier arrangements with Marks & Spencer. The company, part of the Tomkins engineering and food conglomerate, was one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise disappointing half year for the Tomkins food division. Rank Hovis was another. In the half year to October 30 1999, Tomkins' food division operating profit fell to £62.7m compared with £71.8m in the same period last year. Sales dipped to £925.5m from £962.9m in the same period. {{NEWS }}