AGA gets boost from British baking boom

AGA Rangemaster chief executive William McGrath said yesterday he felt an “air of optimism for 2013” after the iconic cast iron cooker maker reported “encouraging” trends in its sales. Shares soared more than 10 per cent after McGrath said sales had continued to grow at the four per cent rate seen at the half-year, with publications such as Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry’s Aga Cookbook helping to drive demand for the classic cookers.