BRIEF-Laura Ashley says pretax profit up 2 pct to 20.5 million STG

March 27 Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:31am EDT

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March 27 (Reuters) - Laura Ashley Holdings Plc

* FY pretax profit rose 2 percent to 20.5 million stg

* FY sales fell 1.4 percent to 294.5 million stg

* Final dividend 1 penceper share

* Total dividend 3.5 penceper share

* Profit before taxation (including exceptional items) up 2.0% to £20.5m (2013: £20.1m).

* Total group sales down 1.4% to £294.5m (2013: £298.8m).

* Full year retail like-for-like sales down 0.4 percent.

* 2nd half like-for-like sales up 1.2 percent.

* Eps up 6.4% to 2.15p (2013: 2.02p).

* First two months of current financial year, we have achieved like-for-like sales growth of 2.0 percent

* Encouraging start to year and we believe that this progress can be maintained. Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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