- Vianet Group said H1 trading for its continuing businesses was ahead of the same period last year, achieving good growth in line with the directors' expectations.

Against that background the Board intends to declare a maintained interim dividend of 1.7 pence per share.

"The Group's UK core beer flow monitoring operations, including iDraught, has continued to strengthen its market position and maintained its contribution, and encouragingly there are signs that the rate of pub closures in the sector has slowed down." Vianet said in a statement.

"Vending Telemetry has continued to extend its penetration of the European market which has helped deliver first half growth, with good ongoing prospects."

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