- Specialist landscape products group Marshalls plc saw operating profit rise 12% to £33.5m in the first half of 2018 as revenue remained healthy despite the impact of the severe weather.

Revenue climbed 12% to £244.3m in the six months ending 30 June 2018.

"The Group continues to outperform the Construction Products Association's ("CPA") growth figures, despite ongoing macroeconomic uncertainty," said Chief Executive Martyn Coffey, noting that the Board remained "confident" of achieving its full-year expectations.

"Recent trading has been very strong, with both June and July revenues up 21% against the prior-year period," he added.

The company's self-help programme to support organic growth was progressing well and the integration of CPM Group Limited was also on track.

The Board believed that Marshalls' innovative product range and strong market positions mean the Group is well placed to deliver continued future growth.

At 8:32am: [LON:MSLH] Marshalls PLC share price was +24.9p at 447.3p

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