Ewart, the property developer, lost pounds 259,741 before tax ( pounds 103,625 profit) in the six months to 31 October. It was handicapped by a pounds 279,000 exceptional charge fighting off Monarch, the dissident shareholder that has since sold its 29 per cent stake. No dividend.
CRT Group, provider of consultancy, recruitment and training services, revealed a sharp fall in pre-tax profits to pounds 689,000 ( pounds 2.6m) for the six months to 31 October. Despite a worsened earnings per share of 0.91p (3.47p), the half-year dividend was raised to 0.65p (0.57p).