BRIEF-Auto alert - Close Brothers H1 operating profit up 26 pct

LONDON, March 12 Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:11am EDT

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) - Close Brothers Group PLC : * Close Brothers Group PLC H1 adjusted operating profit

rose 26 percent to 79.8 million pounds * Close Brothers Group PLC interim dividend 15 pence per

share * Adjusted operating profit up 26pct to 80 million pounds * Adjusted basic earnings per share up 31 percent to 41.8 pence * Banking division 26 percent increase in adjusted operating H1 profit * Winterflood unit reports adjusted H1 operating profit of 7 million pounds * We look forward with confidence and expect a good result for the year as a