- Recruitment consultancy Robert Walters said it was confident its annual pre-tax profit would be ahead of current market expectations, as it reported a 21% rise in third-quarter earnings.

Gross profit for the three months through September rose to £90.7m, from £74.4m a year earlier.

"The group has delivered another quarter of record results with net fee income growing 21% year-on-year," chief executive Robert Walters said.

"All of the group's geographic regions grew net fee income strongly and growth was broad based across permanent, contract, interim and recruitment process outsourcing."

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