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Macro 4 advanced to pounds 11.2m ( pounds 10.5m) in the year to 30 June. EPS 34.2p (31.5p). Total dividend is 20p (17.75p).

Half-year to 30 June

Appleyard increased pre-tax profits from pounds 4.2m ( pounds 2.6m). EPS 4.5p (3.7p). Dividend is 2.9p (2.6p).

British Dredging lifted pre-tax profits to pounds 858,000 ( pounds 739,000). Dividend was held at 2.6p.

Burford boosted pre-tax profits from pounds 1.9m to pounds 5.2m. EPS 1.6p (1.19p). Dividend is 0.75p (0.56p).

Burnfield returned higher pre-tax profits of pounds 1.5m ( pounds 1.3m) EPS 3.1p (2.2p). Dividend is 1p (1.65p).

CRH achieved Ir pounds 40.1m (Ir pounds 25.1m) pre-tax profit. Dividend is Ir2.5p (Ir2.27p).

Croda Intl edged ahead to pounds 19.5m ( pounds 18.5m) pre-tax profit. EPS 9.9p (9.4p). Dividend is 3.1p (2.95p).

Davis Service lifted pre-tax profits to pounds 10.9m ( pounds 8.5m). EPS 7.51p (6.51p). Dividend is 2.87p (2.83p).

Estates & General cut taxable losses to pounds 970,000 ( pounds 1.5m). LPS 4.54p (7.16p).

Gaskell slipped to pounds 24,000 ( pounds 393,000) pre-tax profit. Dividend is held at 1.5p.

Metsec made pounds 754,000 ( pounds 505,000) profit. EPS 2.44p. Dividend is 1p.

Peek advanced to pounds 3.3m ( pounds 2.1m) pre-tax profits. EPS 1.75p (1.11p). Dividend is held at 1.05p.

Scholl fell to pounds 10m ( pounds 11.7m) pre-tax profit. EPS 8.2p (9.8p). Dividend is held at 2.6p.

Strong & Fisher made pounds 1.75m ( pounds 1.7m) pre-tax profit. EPS 0.6p (0.69p). No dividend.

Telspec rose to pounds 2.5m ( pounds 1.9m) pre- tax profit. Dividend is 1.2p.

WSP Group nearly doubled pre- tax profits to pounds 545,000 ( pounds 279,000). EPS 1.9p. Dividend is 1p (0.9p).