StockMarketWire.com - Marketing communications group Creston's revenue rose by 8% to to £40.3 million in the six months to the end of September.

Like-for-like revenue was up 1% at £37.7 million and headline pre-tax profits rose by 7% to £4.0 million. Reported PBT was £1.1 million (H1 2015: £4.0 million), including £2.0 million impairment charge following a company closure.

Half year dividend per share increased by 5% to 1.42 pence.

Chief executive Barrie Brien said: "I am pleased with both revenue and headline PBIT being up 8 per cent and a 5 per cent growth in our dividend, despite the slower start to the first half. The Group also made good progress against its five-year strategy broadening its Unlimited offer through a mix of acquisitions, investments, start-ups and partnerships and this strategic progress is underpinning a continuing strong new business performance."



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