- Judges Scientific expects earnings per share for the year ended 31 Dec to be ahead of market forecasts.

The group said th positive demand for its products, observed since June 2016, was sustained throughout 2017 with organic order intake increasing 16% over the prior year.

It said that as a result, the group entered 2018 with a robust order book totalling 14.9 weeks of sales compared to 13.9 weeks on 1 Jan 2017.

It said: 'For the year as a whole, the two businesses that had experienced lower demand in 2016 recovered to normal levels of orders, sales and profitability.

'The business which had been affected by production and supply chain problems has made progress, particularly in the last four months of the year.

'Group sales and profits were driven forward by the healthy order intake and the very favourable exchange rates.

'Consequently, the Board anticipates that EPS for the full year ended 31 December 2017 will be ahead of current market expectations.'

At 9:46am: [LON:JDG] Judges Scientific PLC share price was +100p at 2180p

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