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Johnson says it is confident on the year ahead

DRY cleaning-to-clothes-hire firm Johnson Service Group posted a surge in first-half adjusted pre-tax profit yesterday, aided by robust trading amid tough market conditions.<br /><br />It said it was confident of achieving satisfactory results for the year.<br /><br />The company also said it would resume dividend payments with an interim payout of 0.25p per share.<br /><br />&ldquo;Against a difficult trading background, Johnson Service has delivered a solid set of interim figures,&rdquo;said analyst Robert Morton of Investec Securities.