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Hastings Group raises interim dividend

Hastings Group Holdings Plc's board declared an interim dividend of 4.1 pence per share for the first half, up 24% from 3.3 pence per share in the same period in 2016.

The dividend will be paid Nov. 10 to shareholders on the register Oct. 6.

The U.K.-based group reported first-half consolidated profit after tax of £57.9 million under International Financial Reporting Standards, up from £42.7 million in 2016. Underlying first-half after-tax profit rose on a yearly basis to £66.9 million from £51.9 million.