Own label household and personal care manufacturer McBride has reported a 5% increase in half-year pre-tax profit to £15.6m, on group sales up 3% at £278.2m.

The results were boosted by a strong performance in the UK, with sales up 9% at £134.6m.

McBride has also acquired Italian own-label household cleaning liquids manufacturer Dasty Italia for E29m (£19.3m).