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BRIEF-WH Smith says H1 pre-tax profit 83 mln stg
April 12, 2017 / 6:14 AM / 5 months ago

BRIEF-WH Smith says H1 pre-tax profit 83 mln stg

April 12 (Reuters) - WH Smith Plc:

* Interim dividend 14.6 penceper share

* HY total group sales were up 2% at £643m (2016: £633m) with group LFL sales flat.

* H1 group profit before tax 83 million stg versus 80 million stg year ago

* HY group profit from trading operations 1 increased by 5% on prior year to £92m (2016: £88m)

* HY group profit before tax increased by 4% to £83m (2016: £80m).

* H1 travel trading profit 39 million stg versus 35 million stg year ago

* H1 high street trading profit 53 million stg versus 53 million stg year ago

* Has declared an interim dividend of 14.6p per share, a 9% increase on last year

* We are on track to open around 15 new travel units in uk this year. Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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