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Creighton's Naturally, the toiletries maker, reported better pre- tax profits of pounds 934,000 ( pounds 720,000) in the year to 31 March. Final dividend is 5p, making 7p (6.2p).

Gresham Telecomcomputing, the software products developer, raised pre-tax profits marginally to pounds 294,000 ( pounds 293,000) in the six months to 31 March. No dividend.

Securiguard lifted pre-tax profits to pounds 2.6m ( pounds 2.2m) in the six months to 31 March. Dividend 3.5p (3.2p).

M & W, the food wholesaler and retailer, turned in lower pre-tax profits of pounds 664,000 ( pounds 914,000) in the six months to 31 March. Interim dividend is held at 1p.

Colefax & Fowler, the textiles concern, fell sharply to pounds 704,000 ( pounds 1.2m) pre-tax profit in the year to 30 April. Final dividend is 1.3p, making 2.6p (same).

Evans of Leeds, the property trader and developer, lifted pre- tax profits to pounds 8.5m ( pounds 8m) in the year to 31 March. Final dividend is 2.85p, making 4.15p (3.74p).

Torex Hire, the tool and plant hire group, deepened pre-tax losses to pounds 290,000 ( pounds 220,000) in the six months to 30 April. No dividend.

Oceonics boosted pre-tax profits from pounds 938,000 to pounds 2.7m in the year to 31 March. No dividend.

Miskin Group, the property developer and plant hirer, reduced pre-tax losses from pounds 630,000 to pounds 414,000 in the six months to 31 January. No dividend.

Real Time Control, supplier of computer keyboards and terminals, held pre-tax profits at pounds 1.2m in the year to 31 March. Final dividend is held at 3p.

Associated British Engineering, the catering equipment supplier, fell to pounds 35,000 ( pounds 108,000) pre-tax profit in the year to 31 March. Total dividend is cut to 0.05p (0.1p).

P & P, the computer distributor, cut its interim dividend payment to 0.7p (1.33p) after pre-tax profits fell two thirds to pounds 1m ( pounds 3.3m) in the six months to 31 May.

SEP Industrial Holdings, the engineering products manufacturer, advanced to pounds 378,000 ( pounds 319,000) pre-tax profit in the six months to 31 March. Dividend is 0.3p.

Equity Consort Investment Trust lifted its net asset value to 618.3p (584.4p) in the year to 30 April. Total dividend is 39.375p (37.5p).

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