- Pharmaceuticals developer for animals Eco Animal Health booked a 15% rise in first-half profit, amid rising demand for its treatment for diseases in pigs and poultry.

Pre-tax profit for the six months through September rose to £6.8m, as sales rose 9% to £31.7m.

The company declared an interim dividend of 4p per share, up 25% on-year, plus an additional distribution of 3.5p per share.

'The second half of the year has started well with a strong and growing order book,' chairman Peter Lawrence said.

At 2:33pm: [LON:EAH] Eco Animal Health Group PLC share price was -17.5p at 407.5p

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