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BDA Holdings, the architects and surveyors, increased pre-tax profits from pounds 6,000 to pounds 28,000 for the six months to 31 July. Turnover rose to pounds 1m (pounds 733,000). Earnings per share were 0.15p (0.03p). No dividend.

James Smith Estates, the property investor, lifted pre-tax profits to pounds 775,000 ( pounds 689,000) in the six months to 30 September. Turnover eased from pounds 1.18m to pounds 1.16m. Earnings per share were 3.37p (2.99p). Interim dividend is 1.55p (1.4p).

Finsbury Growth Trust, which invests in blue-chip shares, saw a 32 per cent growth in net asset vale per share to 112.9p (85.6p). It maintained the dividend at 2.9p for the year to 30 September.

Keystone Investment Company, the investment trust, is to pay 15.5p (15p) total dividend for the year to 30 September.

Rexmore, the textiles supplier, returned pounds 688,000 pre-tax profit (loss pounds 143,000) in the six months to 30 September. Turnover improved to pounds 315.5m (pounds 314.8m). Earnings per share were 4.44p (loss 0.83p). The dividend is raised to 1p (0.7p).

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