- Marketing communications group Creston posts headline pre-tax profits of £3.8m for the six months to the end of September - up 6% on last time. Headline pre-tax profits on a constant currency basis were up 9%.

Revenue rose by 5% £37.3m - up 6% at constant currencies. Like-for-like revenue rose by 4% to £37.1m - up 5% at constant currencies.

Group chief executive Barrie Brien said: "The Group has enjoyed good growth over the six months resulting in increased year-on-year revenue and Headline profit, plus the addition of some major new clients and brands to our existing enviable list of international blue chip clients.

"A new executive management team has overseen a busy first half and the delivery of some major cornerstones of the new strategy, which the Group announced in June 2014. These include the repositioning of Creston as an integrated agency group of specialists under the unifying Unlimited brand and our partnership with Serviceplan to extend our international offer.

"The increase in the H1 dividend demonstrates our strong cash generation, and in light of our continued growth momentum we anticipate, as in previous years, increased revenues in the second half of this financial year. Therefore, while we remain cautious in light of the global macro-economic climate and its potential to affect our client budgets, the Board confirms that current trading is in line with its expectations for the full year."

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