- Safestyle has lifted its H1 pretax profit to £8.8m, from £8.6m a year ago. Revenue rose to £73.99m, from £69.25m. Interim dividend was 3.4p a share, from 3.1p.

CEO Steve Birmingham said: "Safestyle UK has delivered a successful first half of 2015 during which our turnover, market share and profit all increased, despite increased advertising investment and the expected uplift in other underlying operating costs.

"Furthermore, the Group's cash conversion and balance sheet remain strong. We continue to execute our strategies of increasing market share and geographic expansion and, although wider market conditions remain subdued, we have entered the second half of 2015 in a strong position.

"Order intake since the half year has been buoyant, helped by our improved consumer finance offer which we launched on 1st June and our recently introduced conservatory upgrade product which is gaining momentum. We remain confident of delivering a full year outturn in line with market expectations."

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