Halma ups dividend as profits rise

Halma’s full-year profit rose 15 per cent, it said yesterday, helped by a strong showing at its health and industrial safety businesses, prompting the British sensor maker to raise its dividend. For the year ended 31 March, pre-tax profit from continuing operations rose to £120.5m from £104.6m last year. Revenue at the company rose 12 per cent to £579.9m.