Difficult market conditions in the US pushed down full-year pre-tax profit at Hartstone Group Plc to £708,000 from £5.888 million a year earlier. Turnover for the year rose to £99.588m from £97.360m a year ago. Chairman Shaun Dowling said he expects 2002/03 to be better than last year, "but still not up to the levels achieved in earlier years."