Intertek ups dividend as sales rise

Product testing group Intertek upped revenues by 9.5 per cent in the first half of the year, while operating profit rose 4.5 per cent.
Growth across all of its business divisions helped boost revenues to £1.084bn in the six months to 30 June, up from £991m in the same period last year. Operating profit rose to £158.3m from £152.2m a year ago, as its industry & assurance, consumer goods and chemicals & pharmaceuticals arms grew particularly strongly.