Textiles firm Leeds Group has announced pre tax profits of £3.2m, which it believes will place its core operations in an ideal place for growth. The pretax profits present a substantial increase for the group whose annual turnover has increased from £61.1m in 1999 to £64.5m for 2000. Leeds Group chief executive Chris J Marsden believed that the results meant that the group's core businesses were now well positioned to continue to grow over the next year and beyond. He also said that he felt the results provided a platform for the group to reposition its traditional manufacturing businesses.