August 1, 2014 / 6:47 AM / 3 years ago

BRIEF-Can maker Rexam H1 pretax profit from cont ops falls

Aug 1 (Reuters) - Rexam Plc

* H1 underlying pretax profit from continuing operations 166 million stg

* Interim dividend up 2 percent to 5.8 pence per share

* H1 sales from continuing operations 1.88 billion stg versus 1.97 billion stg year ago

* Continuing operations underlying performance sales at 1,881 mln stg versus 1,971 mln stg

* Half year results in line with expectations, strategy on track

* Underlying profit before tax 166 million pounds versus 169 million pounds

* Foreign exchange translation and metal premium costs impact underlying operating profit

* Beverage can volumes up 4 pct

* We continue to expect to make further progress in 2014 on a constant currency basis. Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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