The European convenience foods group this morning reported continuing operating losses for the six months to 30 September of £8.4m, down from £12.2m the year before, on sales down £1.5m at £406.3m.
In its UK division, first-half operating losses were reduced by £8.4m to £1.5m, held back by its desserts business Minsterley.
Excluding Minsterley, the UK generated an operating profit of £5.3m, up £6.4m.
Its Northern Europe division reported an operating loss of £2.8m, while its French business recorded an operating loss of £4.1m.
“Our recovery is gathering momentum. All our divisions have strong entrepreneurial leadership and are on recovery paths, with the UK leading the way,” said Eaton.
“We expect that the overall improvement in trading from our continuing businesses that we have seen in the first six months of the year will continue into the next three months,” he added.