The Group has continued to generate strong cash flows, deliver growth and build a balance sheet of increasing resilience. As a consequence, the Board has announced an interim dividend of 5.50p per ordinary share (2019: 5.50p). This dividend will be payable on 7 May 2020 to shareholders on the register on 17 April 2020. The ex-dividend date is 18 April 2020.
Other financial highlights include:
Gross sales increased 0.5% to £160.1m (2019: £159.2m)
Gross profit increased 0.3% to £71.7m (2019: £71.5m)
Underlying EBITDA from continuing operations, on a comparable pre-IFRS 16 basis, improved by £0.4m to £3.8m (2019: £3.4m)
Strong balance sheet with cash of £61.5m (2019: £62.5m)