- Northamber has widened its H1 pretax loss to GBP0.55m, from a loss of GBP0.29m. Revenue was at GBP32.5m, from GBP35.7m. It proposed an interim dividend of 0.1p a share.

"These last six months amply demonstrate the complexities of the market place we serve, one in which we have 35 years' experience, where we aim to make credible judgements about the future whilst subject to volatile market forces," the company said.

"With the current marketplace uncertainties it is difficult to indicate a near term return to profit.

"We are confident in the medium and long term of delivering profitability due to already evidenced underlying growth, supported by our strong financial position and infrastructure."

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