- Northamber said it expects its first-half pretax profit to be substantially below the previous years' interim figures should the current challenging trading conditions continue.

In a trading update, the company said, following its full-year results announcement in September, seen further continuation of the price erosion and tight margins experienced across the sector since the start of 2005.

The balance sheet continues to remain robust with no debt, it said.

The interim results announcement for the six months to December 31st is expected to be released in February.

Northamber is a specialist supplier of computer hardware, computer printers and peripheral products, computer telephony products and other electronic transmission equipment.