HPS sales are up 16.2% in the first half of 2013 (1 January to 30 June) against the same period in 2012. Encouragingly, excluding the new branches, the existing branches were up 8.8% in the same period.

Sales director Peter Wilson says that while market conditions remain tough, there are some encouraging signs of improvement and the group remains confident that sales will exceed £45m in 2013 up from just over £40m in 2012.