Senior gets boost from airlines

Aero engineer Senior reported a 20 per cent increase in first-half profit yesterday as customers such as Boeing and Airbus ramped up build rates to meet hefty order backlogs. The company raised its interim dividend 20 per cent to 1.38p per share. The company's adjusted pre-tax profit rose to £45.5m for January-June from £38m a year earlier. Revenue rose 20 per cent to £377.2m.