Optimal Payments tops forecasts

Shares in Optimal Payments rose 5.5 per cent yesterday as the online credit card processing firm said it expected to beat full-year forecasts. The Aim-listed firm put the success down to a strong showing in the second half of last year, especially by its divisions in Asia. The group expects full year revenue of at least $172m (£79.7m), which would be a 34 per cent increase on last year.