The UK operation of convenience foods manufacturer Uniq returned to profit in the second-half of the year.

Although sales growth was lower in the second-half, sales grew by 3% for the year to 31 December, Uniq said in a trading update.

Overall group sales for the full-year also rose 3%, helped by significantly improved margins.

“Ahead of the important Christmas period, the group renegotiated prices to recover the exceptional increases in dairy and wheat costs which came through from late summer,” added CEO Geoff Eaton. “Excellent Christmas customer service levels and tight cost control measures have resulted in improved margins.”