- Infection control product manufacturer Tristel posted a rise in first-half profit after it boosted overseas sales.

Pre-tax profit rose 8.7% to £1.85m, as revenue rose 10% to £10.7m and overseas sales rose 28%.

The company declared an interim dividend of 1.6p per share, up from 1.4p in 2016.

'We are progressing steadily with our planned entry into the North American hospital market having satisfied the additional data requirements of the EPA,' chief executive Paul Swinney said.

'A decision is expected from the EPA during the second half of this financial year. Our expectation continues to be that sales in North America will start next financial year.'

At 2:31pm: [LON:TSTL] Tristel PLC share price was 0p at 275p

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