London--United Business Media issued a statement Friday that reaffirmed most of its financial guidance for the first half of 2003. CMP Media and other United Business divisions are performing in line with expectations, the company said. The exception is CMP Asia, which has been negatively affected by the SARS epidemic. For example, the divisionâs Leather exhbitions scheduled for this month were canceled. United Business said that while its other businesses may be performing as expected, the company has continued to keep a tight rein on costs.