- Floorcoverings distributor Headlam Group's operating profit rose 14.9% to £13.0m in the six months to the end of June.

Revenue was up 4.0% at £313.5m and earnings per share rose by 14.7% to 11.7 pence. The interim dividend is up 15.4% at 6.00p per share.

Group chief executive Tony Brewer said: "The first half results underline the growing momentum in the UK market and particularly in our business. The group's UK residential business has performed well and the slightly stronger like-for-like growth across our commercial activities points towards improving confidence in the wider business community. "The positive trading outcome for the first half has continued during the first eight weeks of the second half. Subject to the important final quarter of the year, the group expects to announce results for the full year to 31 December 2015 slightly ahead of the Board's internal expectations."

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