- Safety product group Halma reported a 23% rise in first-half profit after it posted strong revenue growth in the US and UK.

Pre-tax profit for the six months through September rose to £94.5m, as revenue rose 16% to £585.5m.

Halma declared an interim dividend of 6.11p per share, up 7% on-year.

'Halma made excellent progress in the first half, delivering record revenue, profit and dividends for shareholders, while continuing to invest in our strategic growth enablers for the longer term,' chief executive Andrew Williams said.

'Following a very strong first half, order intake continues to be ahead of both revenue and order intake for the comparable period last year.'

'We remain on track to deliver more typical rates of constant currency organic growth in the second half, resulting in a strong full year performance.'

At 2:26pm: [LON:HLMA] Halma PLC share price was +23p at 1334p

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