Games Workshop divi up after record H1

Games Workshop's operating and pre-tax profits rose to £38.8m in the six months to 26 Nov - up from £13.8m a year ago.

Revenues increased to £108.9m from £70.9m and operating profit pre-royalties receivable rose to £34.6m from £10.5m.

Basic earnings per share rose to 97.6p from 34.0p and the the group declared a dividend of 61p - up from 25p last time.

Chief executive Kevin Rountree said: '"Our business and our Warhammer Hobby are in great shape.

'We are pleased to report record sales and profit levels in the period.

'It is encouraging that sales and profit growth continue across all regions and channels.

'Given the high levels of operational gearing and our relentless management of our costs, our improving sales performance has translated into record profit and cash levels.

'Our sales for the month of December have also shown good growth trends.'