- Language services group SDL posted an 8.2% rise in annual profit, as it boosted sales both organically and via the acquisition of DSL.

Pre-tax profit for the year through December rose to £18.4m, as sales climbed 13% to £323.3m.

The company declared a full-year dividend of 7.0p per share, up 13% on-year.

'I am pleased to report a solid improvement in the group's financial performance compared to 2017, with all divisions performing well,' chief executive Adolfo Hernandez said.

'Strategically, we worked at pace to transform our business through the implementation of our language services automation programme and investment in technology and services innovation, the benefits of which will also be seen in future periods.'

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