Profits up at Croda International

Croda International posted a higher third-quarter profit on improved performance at its consumer care business, and said it expects further progress into 2012. The company, which makes chemicals for cosmetics, healthcare and home care industries, said sales rose 13 per cent in consumer care products and were well ahead of 2010 in all business areas. July-September pre-tax profit rose to £182.2m from £143.4m a year ago.