- Testing and control firm Spectris reported a sharp slowdown in organic sales growth in the first half of the year.

For the six months to 30 June, like for like revenues grew by just 1% to £759m, with weakness in the Test & Measurement business due to strong growth last year and in Industrial Controls due to the impact of US-China trade tariffs.

Chief executive Andrew Heath admitted that organic sales growth reflected 'the more challenging macroeconomic environment' but said the company would 'focus on what we can control; implementing targeted growth initiatives, refocusing the portfolio and driving operating margin expansion'.

The weakness was most evident in North America, where like for likes sales fell 3%, and Europe where sales fell 2%.

The firm reported an adjusted operating profit of £83.5m in the six months to 30 June, but on a statutory basis reported an operating loss of £46.1m.

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