Atkins profits fall despite UK boost

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WS Atkins, the 75-year-old engineering consultant that designed Oxford Circus's diagonal crossing, has seen annual pre-tax profits fall by nearly a quarter. It made £103.3m off a £1.7bn turnover.

The core UK business was strong, with plenty of work in the rail and water sectors. These are two areas that are benefiting from the Government's plans to kick-start the economy through infrastructure spending.