BRIEF-Wetherspoon profit dips as higher costs hit margins

LONDON, March 15 Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:03am EDT

LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) - J D Wetherspoon PLC : * H1 profit before tax and exceptional items 34.8 million STG (2012: 35.8

million STG) * Revenue up 10 percent to 626.4 million STG (2012: 569.4 million STG) * H1 like-for-like sales up 6.9 percent, up 7.3 percent in 6 wks to March 10 * J d wetherspoon company continues to aim for a reasonable outcome in

the current financial year * Now expect to open around 30 pubs in this financial year

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