- Marketing consultancy Vianet Group posted a 10% rise in first-half profit and held its dividend steady.

Pre-tax profit for the six months through September rose to £1.0m, as revenue rose 14% to £7.7m.

The company kept its interim dividend at 1.70p per share.

'Vianet's medium to long term prospects are exciting as we increasingly demonstrate that our strategy of leveraging the power of our cutting-edge technology to bring valuable business insight to our customers is the right one,' chairman James Dickson said.

'Whilst growth and profitability are influenced by the challenging backdrop to the UK pub sector, the group has excellent prospects in smart machines and the wider hospitality sector for smart zones.'

At 9:27am: [LON:VNET] Vianet PLC share price was -1p at 102.5p

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