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Portmeirion upbeat on half-year

Pottery firm Portmeirion said it remained confident of a £12m boost to revenues following its rescue of the Spode and Royal Worcester brands. Announcing upbeat half-year results, the firm said the addition of the historic fine china names, after a £3.2m deal with administrators in April, had provided it with a "great opportunity" for growth. Pre-tax profits jumped 31 per cent to £532,000.