Spectris earnings up 74 per cent

British electrical engineering firm Spectris has posted a 74 per cent rise in first-half adjusted pre-tax profit on strong demand from all its markets, and said it was confident of making good progress for the year. January-June pretax profit before certain items was £77.7m, compared with £44.7m last year. Revenue grew 25 per cent to £507.2m. The company also raised its interim dividend 15 per cent to 8.2p.