Convenience foods manufacturer Uniq has returned to profit, reporting a full-year pre-tax profit of £1.9m against a pre-tax loss of £21.9m the year before.

Group sales for the year to 31 December rose 2.9% to £736.1m, boosted by a two-year recovery programme.

Uniq's UK business also returned to profit, reporting profit of £5.9m against a loss of £2.8m the year before.

The improvement came in the second-half of the year, with much of it from its Minsterley desserts business, Uniq said.

“Our progress in 2007 was delivered in the face of increasingly harsh economic circumstances, which have continued into 2008,” said CEO Geoff Eaton.

“The significant changes we have made over the last two years have equipped us better to deal with this tougher environment and to continue our recovery,” he added.