- Performance nutrition company Science in Sport booked a first-half loss after an acquisition-fueled jump in revenue was offset by a rise in costs and thinner margins.

Pre-tax losses for the six months through June amounted to £3.1m, compared to losses of £2.7m on-year.

Revenue more than doubled to £24.9m, up from £9.93m, reflecting the first full six-month contribution from PhD Nutrition, acquired in December.

Gross margin fell to 44.8%, down from 45.9%, and was expected to be in line with year-end expectations.

'The integration of the PhD and SiS brands remains firmly on track and we are particularly excited by the potential of the e-commerce business,' chief executive Stephen Moon said.

'Introduction of the new protein powder line at our Nelson site remains on track to enable in-house PhD powder manufacture with a go-live date of November 2019.'

'We remain confident of delivering on full year expectations, and of the future growth of both our brands.'

'Investment in performance innovation, brand awareness, e-commerce, International and effective manufacturing will underpin expected growth in 2020 and beyond.'

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