Household and personal goods manufacturer McBride has said its trading for the six months to 31 December has been 'as expected'.

Total group turnover is above last year with particularly encouraging growth in the UK, Spain and Italy but higher material costs and efficiency savings mean group operating margin is similar to last year, McBride said in a trading statement released this morning.

“Having reached the half way stage of the year, in a tough cost environment, both current trading and the continued momentum in private label sales indicate that the group remains on track to make satisfactory progress in the year,” said Miles Roberts, CEO of McBride.