Household and personal care manufacturer McBride has admitted that the market remains difficult and could affect margin improvement this year.

In a trading update, the group said: “The market environment continues to be challenging, mainly due to the impact of higher input costs. The efficiency improvements and cost savings announced earlier in the year provide mitigation, but these conditions are likely to restrain margin improvement in the forthcoming year.”

It added that trading in the second-half had been as expected. Turnover was slightly above last year, it said, with growth in the UK and flat sales in Continental Europe.