New business wins aid Huntsworth

UK public relations firm Huntsworth posted a nine per cent rise in its first-half pre-tax profit, helped by new business wins, and said it could weather cuts to government spending. Huntsworth, whose public relations brands include Citigate, Grayling and Red, raised its interim dividend by 20 per cent to 0.90p. For the January to June period, Huntsworth reported a pre-tax profit of £12m, compared with £11m a year ago. Revenue increased 14 per cent to £87m.