PORT LOUIS Feb 13 Mauritian conglomerate
Ireland Blyth Ltd (IBL) posted a 4.6 percent rise in pretax
profit for the half year to Dec. 31, helped by a stronger
performance in its commerce and logistics, aviation and shipping
The group, which also has operations in seafood, marine,
financial services and engineering, said on Thursday pretax
profit for the six months reached 435 million rupees ($14.4
"The associated companies posted better results, thus
improving the profit before taxation," IBL said in a statement.
Earnings per share rose to 4.07 rupees from 4 rupees in the
same period last year. IBL shares were unchanged at 110 rupees
at the close of trade on Thursday.
The conglomerate said it expected trading conditions to
remain challenging for the rest of the year.
($1 = 30.3000 Mauritius rupees)
(Reporting by Jean Paul Arouff; Editing by Drazen Jorgic and