DCS Europe has reported an 8% hike in rst-quarter sales to £33m.

Sales during the period were boosted by exports reaching a two-year high of £1.2m in March, despite troubles in the Middle East, where sales of its Enliven brand remained strong.

Other divisions fared well, with sales at DCS Central – which distributes toiletries and household brands to retailers and wholesalers – up 13% to £16.5m and DCS Manufacturing up 18% in the rst quarter. Chairman and CEO Denys Shortt said the sales hike in manufacturing was due to DCS winning more UK contracts.

Enliven sales grew 22%, with most of that growth down to exports, which leapt 38%.