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Six months to 31 March

Chemex International, provider of chemical analytical services for environmental industries, slipped deeper into pre-tax losses of pounds 94,000 ( pounds 65,000). Loss per share worsened to 0.24p (0.2p). No dividend.

Hunterprint Group, the magazines, catalogues and business forms printer, turned around from pounds 3.85m taxable loss to make pounds 330,000 pre-tax profit. Earnings per share are 0.76p (loss 21.5p). No dividend.

PWS Holdings, the insurance brokers, virtually maintained pre-tax profits at pounds 2.1m. Earnings per share, however slipped to 6.4p (6.8p). Interim dividend is held at 1.5p.

Shaftesbury, the property buyer and developer, recovered from pounds 2.3m taxable loss to make pounds 344,000 pre-tax profit. Earnings per share are 1.2p (LPS 9.1p). No dividend.

Year ended 31 March

Ivory & Sime UK Smaller Companies Trust pushed the total dividend payout to 2.8p (2p). Net asset value per share improved to 97.89p (88.96p).

London Atlantic I T declared a final dividend of 2.29p, making a 3.07p (2.95p) total payout. Pre-tax profits rose to pounds 2m ( pounds 1.8m). Earnings per share improved to 3.33p (3.06p).

Others

Abtrust New Thai Investment Trust maintained the dividend payout at 1p for the year to 28 February. Net asset value per share is 133.02p (75.34p).

Personal Assets Trust lifted the total dividend payout from 160p to 180p on increased income from shares and securities which almost tripled from pounds 324,000 to pounds 920,000 in the year to 30 April. Net asset value per share grew to pounds 75.18 ( pounds 70.92).

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