- Franchised sales and lettings agency businesses Hunters said it expected first-half performance to top management's expectations as instructions increased in the four months to the end of April.

Excluding the effect of the acquisition of our Bristol chain, instructions rose by 5.4% in the first four months of the year against the same period last year, paving the way for a comparatively strong second half performance, the firm said.

'The first half year is expected to end slightly better than the Board anticipated giving us confidence in the full year outcome for the Group,' Chairman, Kevin Hollinrake, said in a pre-released statement ahead of the AGM.

At 9:26am: [LON:HUNT] Hunters Property Plc share price was +3.75p at 57.75p

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