Recession boosts McBride

McBride, Europe’s biggest maker of retailer own-brand household products, posted a 34 per cent rise in annual profit yesterday as cash-strapped consumers downgrade in the downturn. The firm, which supplies supermarkets like Tesco and Carrefour with own-label goods ranging from dishwasher tablets to deodorant, said it made operating profit before one-off items and goodwill of £36.2min the year ended 30 June. It expects profits of at least £35m for the year.