Investment in new technology and improvements to stores layout contributed to an almost 40% fall in profits at Roys of Wroxham.

Pre-tax profits fell to £661,432, while sales rose 5.6% to £51m in the year to 25 January 2014 in accounts filed at Companies House.

Roys said it ­was pleased with the initial level of trade at Highway Nurseries, which it acquired in February 2013. It also “continued to seek new opportunities.”