July 11 (Reuters) - Grafton Group Plc
* Group revenue increased by 9.0 percent to £1.34 billion in H1 (up 6.2 per cent in constant currency; up 5.7 percent like-for-like)
* Says group performed "strongly in the half year with the benefit of broadly positive market segment conditions and good strategic positioning in key markets"
* CEO says "pleased with the Group's first half trading performance which was better than we anticipated and provides a good platform for the full year."
* CEO says 'whilst we remain optimistic on medium term outlook for UK, we are cautious about shorter term impact of current uncertainty and pressure on real incomes'
* merchanting business in Ireland 'outperformed a recovering market'
* Netherlands merchanting business performed strongly against the backdrop of good growth in the Dutch economy Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Reporting By Conor Humphries)