- Primary care property investor and developer Assura's pre-tax profits rose by 76% to £73.4m in the six months to the end of September.

The group said EPRA earnings per share rose by 8.3% to 1.3p and diluted EPRA NAV per share increased by 7.7% to 53.1p.

The group also said it was well positioned to help alleviate the pressures on primary care infrastructure and had a strong pipeline with £209 million of acquisitions and developments.

Chief executive Jonathan Murphy said: 'Our unique business model and strong, diversified funding structure has allowed us to accelerate investment, grow our property portfolio and deliver a strong financial performance with growth in profit before tax, EPRA NAV and dividends.

'Primary care remains at the heart of the NHS agenda and this, together with our acquisitions and development pipeline, means Assura is well placed to continue improving and providing the primary health care estate of the future.'

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