- Arbuthnot Banking Group, the holding company for Arbuthnot Latham and Secure Trust Bank, has reported a 65% increase in profit before tax of £15.7m (H1 2014: £9.5m) in the six months to June 30 2015.

The company said that both banks have continued to grow well and invest for the future.

The nterim dividend per share is raised to 12p (H1 2014: 11p)

Sir Henry Angest, chairman and chief executive of Arbuthnot, said: "The Group has continued its profitable growth and as a result the Board has decided to increase the interim dividend.

"Both banks have detected an improvement in customer sentiment following the decisive result of the general election."

At 12:23pm:

[LON:ARBB] Arbuthnot Banking Group PLC share price was +128p at 1500p

[LON:STB] Secure Trust Bank PLC share price was +24.5p at 2909.5p

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