- NWF Group's full-year pretax profit rose 64.7% to £8.4 million, from £5.1 million. Revenue was £545.8 million, from £540.1 million.

It hiked its full-year dividend to 4.8p a share, up 6.7% from 4.5p.

Chairman Mark Hudson said the results were a record set for the firm.

On the outlook for 2014, he commented: "Progress to date in the new financial year has been in line with the Board's expectations with all divisions performing as planned."

Separately, the company appointed Yvonne Monaghan and Philip Acton as non-executive directors of the group, effective from Aug. 6.

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