Sales rise 7.6pc at Marshalls

Sales at British buildings materials company Marshalls have risen 7.6 per cent since last year due to recent popular demand from the public sector and commercial end markets. Profits for the last six months ending June reached £183m, compared to the £170m it made last year. Marshalls shares have gained 35 per cent over the last year and rose 2.1 per cent to close at 110.8p yesterday, valuing the company at over £213m.