Corporate uniform and workwear supplier Alexandra Plc today (1 May) posted an 8.1% rise in full-year adjusted pretax profit through control of underlying overheads and said it sees "excellent opportunities for organic growth" in both the UK and Europe.

For the year to 31 January, pretax profit adjusted for non-recurring restructuring charges rose to GBP6.02m (US$8.2m) from GBP5.57m last year.

Turnover increased by 5.8% to GBP81.48m, up from GBP77.01m, helped by the inclusion of a full year of sales from Prima Corporate Wear and de Baer which Alexandra bought in the previous financial year.

Underlying sales were up 2% after excluding the effects of the acquisitions and spending cutbacks in the public sector, where business declined 13%.

Julian Budd, Alexandra chief executive, said: "Trading so far this year has been encouraging, and the board is confident the results for the year will meet management expectations."

The company is proposing a final dividend of 4.2 pence, giving a total dividend for the year of 6.3 pence, up 8.6% from last year's 5.8 pence.