James Halstead plc, the commercial flooring manufacturer and distributor, said turnover rose 5% for the half-year to 31 December 2017, while profit was ahead of the comparative half-year.

The company said turnover increased by 5%, boosted by a strong December and revenue increases in the majority of its key markets, including Germany, the UK and Australasia.

'Product Development continues and we have refreshed some of our key ranges and presented them to the trade in recent weeks,' the company said. 'Given the positive feedback, our confidence for the full year is unchanged and remains positive.'

At 10:02am: (LON:JHD) James Halstead PLC share price was +7.5p at 432.5p