In the six months to November 1994, Unitech, which also revealed that its previously loss-making connectors division had rebounded into the black, made pre-tax profits of £15.8m (£7.4m).
Sales rose 20 per cent to £173m, and earnings per share advanced to 11p from 4p last time. The interim dividend rises 15 per cent to 2.57p against 2.24p.
Peter Curry, chairman, said: "Sales and orders have continued to increase in all our markets and as a result I look forward to reporting another good result for the second half."
Reading-based Unitech's main division, power supplies, doubled taxable profits to £14.2m (£7.4m), with Nemic-Lambda, its 50.6 per cent-owned Japanese offshoot, contributing £9m against £5.2m.
The division, which makes products that convert mains alternating current to direct current for electronic equipment, said its Japanese operation and employees were not affected by the Kobe earthquake. Nemic-Lambda is quoted on the Japanese stock market,and Unitech's stake is worth about £330m.
Control products, meanwhile, suffered a profits decline from £2.8m to £2.5m. The business, a leader in controls for domestic central heating systems in the UK, did not benefit this time from the large sales to China in the corresponding period last year.Second-quarter trading improved, however.
The connectors arm, which produces products for connecting and testing electronic components, struck a profit of £1m after sliding £0.9m into the red last time. Improving markets in Europe spearheaded the recovery. Its French company, Proner Comatel, sawsales rise 17 per cent in French francs.
Net debts rose from £58.7m to £68.5m in the period, taking the percentage of net debt to net assets up to 58 per cent. The acquisition last June of Advanced Analogue, a Californian electronic components business, accounted for £9.5m of the increase.Reuse content