WS Atkins boosted by overseas

WS Atkins has seen first half underlying pre-tax profit rise 11.3 per cent in its overseas and energy businesses. The design and engineering consultancy also saw total revenues rise 27 per cent to £842.9m. The company, which was responsible for designing much of the London 2012 Olympic site, raised its interim dividend by 2.6 per cent to 9.75p.