Aukett Swanke - the international practice of architects and interior design specialists - swung into the black in the six months to the end of March.

The group posts a pre-tax profit of ã750,000 against a loss of ã79,000 a year ago and full-year profits of ã550,000.

The group said the overall result was well above its original expectations and in line with the most recent trading update, and included a breakeven result from Swanke Hayden Connell for a three month period. It said the driving force was the on-going recovery in the UK market which began some 18 months ago and which it sees continuing well into 2015 and beyond.

First half pre-tax profits in the UK rose significantly to ã945,000 (2013: ã127,000) on revenues of ã6.08m.

The first half saw some extra costs as the UK reinstated salaries and other benefits across the board and paid a Christmas bonus for the first time in five years.

The first half also saw the first integration costs relating to SHC being absorbed which in the main will be self-financing over the next three years, or recovered against second half property savings. Within these figures SHC's UK operations made a loss in the period of ã105,000 as a result of a delay in the instruction of a major project, which commenced at the end of the second quarter, and holding excess property space, which has subsequently been sub-let.


At 8:27am: (LON:AUK) Aukett Swanke Group PLC share price was +0.38p at 8.13p


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