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Partridge Fine Arts, the fine antique furniture and objets d'art dealer, improved pre-tax profits to pounds 987,000 ( pounds 738,000) in the six months to 30 April. Anthony Smith, finance director at Partridge, said the first half had been difficult, but sales volumes of quality products at the top end of the market had increased over the comparable period. He said the weak dollar exchange rate was making it expensive for Partridge's main customers, the Americans, to make purchases. Interim dividend is held at 1p.

Sims Food Group, the meat and poultry supplier, increased pre-tax profits to pounds 9.3m ( pounds 8.2m) in the year to 31 March. Final dividend is 8.25p, making 11.25p (10.25p).

Allied Radio, the investment holding company, cut pre-tax losses to pounds 357,000 (loss pounds 703,000) in the six months to 30 June. There is no dividend.

Alba, the consumer electrical goods company, lifted pre-tax profits to pounds 5.1m ( pounds 4.2m) in the year to 30 March. Final dividend is 3.75p, making 4.75p (4.35p).

Dewhurst, the electrical controls equipment maker, advanced to pounds 310,000 ( pounds 201,000) pre-tax profits in 26 weeks to 31 March. Interim dividend is 0.63p (0.6p).

Murray Split Capital Trust is paying a 2.5p dividend for the year to 31 May. Net asset value is 159.70p.

Abtrust New Dawn Investment's net asset value is 125.79p (123.86p). Dividend is 0.5p.