Dunelm’s first half results cheer

British homewares retailer Dunelm yesterday reported a 69.3 per cent rise in first-half pre-tax profit, with Seymour Pierce saying the results came in well ahead of its expectations. Dunelm posted first-half profit before tax of £46.2m, compared to £27.3m for the same period last year, and also proposes a return of capital to shareholders of 21.5p per share.