Portmeirion’s royal sales lift

Kasmira Jefford
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PORTMEIRION said it expects the birth of baby Cambridge to provide a strong fillip to sales as it posted a 4.4 per cent rise in revenues to £23.8m for the first six months of the year.

Chief executive Lawrence Bryan said yesterday customers had already snapped up £500,000 of bone china mugs and plates with his Royal Highness Prince George’s name.

It blamed the EU’s new anti-dumping duty on ceramics imported from China for a 38 per cent decline in pre-tax profits to £900,000.