Solid first half for money printer

De La Rue, the company that prints securities and handles cash, reported yesterday that second quarter trading had been broadly in line with forecasts. The firm added that up to the end of March, it had £242m in orders for the year ahead. Shareholders agreed to a final dividend for the first quarter of 28.2p per ordinary share. Chairman Philip Rogerson said: “We expect performance for the current financial year to reflect the usual weighting towards the second half.”