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China firm's pre-tax profits rise

Pottery made by Royal Worcester and Spode
Royal Worcester and Spode was bought in April

A pottery firm's pre-tax profits have risen by a third during the first half of the year, figures show.

Portmeirion, based in Stoke-on-Trent, made a profit of £532,000 according to interim results published on the London Stock Exchange.

In April, the company bought the Royal Worcester and Spode china company for £3.2m.

A company spokesman said buying the brands was the most significant event at Portmeirion for many years.

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