Bodycote sales in energy boost

■ Engineer Bodycote yesterday reported a rise in first quarter sales – triggered by buoyant energy, defence and aerospace sectors. For the three months to 31 March sales were 6.9 per cent higher than in the same period the year before. “Sales in aerospace, defence & energy were ahead by 13.5 per cent,” the firm said. Bodycote last month made a £32.4m bid for the heat treatment business of US firm Curtiss-Wright Corporation.