ITE Group said first-half revenues were up 42% as the addition of seven former Ascential events and Mining Indaba bolstered growth.

Revenues for first half were up 42% to circa £107m, from £75m a year earlier and on a like-for-like basis, revenues were 6% higher than the comparative period.

The five largest shows in the period, which had received investment from the turnaround programme, collectively delivered double-digit revenue growth, the company said.

The turnaround programme, TAG - which was in its final year - remained on track, and our current focus was 'on the roll out of the new People systems across the business and the design and build of a new global ERP solution, the company said.

As at 28 March 2019, forward bookings were circa £191m of revenue for FY 2019, up from £137m a year earlier, representing circa 89% of current market expectations for the full year.

'On a like-for-like basis, booked revenues are 6% ahead of this time last year, reflecting strong growth from our core events. Looking ahead to FY20, booked revenues are 18% ahead of this time last year,' the company said.

'The Board is pleased with the Group's performance to date, and remains positive in achieving full year expectations.'

At 8:31am: (LON:ITE) ITE Group PLC share price was +0.85p at 71.65p