- Treatt has improved its H1 pretax profit to GBP3.2m, from GBP2.8m, with revenue dipping to GBP40.9m, from GBP41.4m. It hiked its interim dividend by 5% to 1.35p a share. It is confident of meeting its FY expectations.

CEO Daemmon Reeve said the business continued to evolve in line with its strategy.

"I am pleased that we are both delivering increased profits to our shareholders and putting in place the levels of investment and planning needed to secure Treatt's long term future as a leading global player in our chosen markets," he said in the results statement.

"The third quarter of the financial year has begun well. Looking at the year as a whole, as the first quarter was materially better this year than last year, we expect the full year results to show a more even split between the first and second halves of the financial year," he said.

"The Board remains confident at this early stage of the second half that the Group will meet its expectations for the year ending 30 September 2016."

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