But John Nichols, managing director, remained 'mildly cautious' about prospects for the year as a whole. 'The spell of good weather has mitigated the effects of the continuing recession on our main areas of business,' he said, adding that year-end results should be satisfactory if second- half trading went as expected.
Turnover rose 4 per cent to pounds 23.6m to 30 June, although there was a reduction of pounds 2.6m at Solent Canners after demand for contract canning fell.
Exports to the Middle East and Africa represented about 6 per cent of total sales.
The interim dividend, at 5.1p, was up 11 per cent.Reuse content