Despite being in a "transitional year", political publishing group Dods delivered strong like-for-like sales growth in the year to end-March to dramatically reduce losses.
Revenues of £19.8m were up 5.3% from the £18.8m produced in its previous 15-month reporting period, with adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of £1.1m increased 51% year-on-year and pre-tax losses cut from £10.6m to £1.5m.
An external review of the business has seen it simplified, with the five previous "independent and sometimes competing stand-alone units" now being reformed into two business units.
Dods generated £0.4m cash from operations and invested £1.6m in technology, both software and hardware, as a "core element" of its turnaround.
Chief Executive Martin Beck said: "Our investments in technology will be instrumental in enabling us to reduce discretionary and intermittent spend and increase more reliable, high retention, higher margin subscription based revenue streams.
"We are reviewing and transforming our publishing and events operations which we expect to improve profitability. We are committed to creating a customer-focused culture in which all work collaboratively. All of this, however, must be achieved whilst operating efficiently and cost effectively.
"The year ahead will be one of change as we both exploit the benefits of our investment in technology and enable more of our customers to get benefit from the compelling content we create."
UK homeware retailer Dunelm said that annual profits grew by around 7% after a strong end to the financial year with sales growth picking up in the final quarter.
The group said it expects to report a pre-tax profit of £116m for the year to June 28th, up from £108.1m previously.
Total sales increased by 7.8% over the period, helped 12% growth in the last 13 weeks of the year.
Like-for-like (LFL) growth in the last quarter picked up to 5.5%, lifting the full-year improvement to 2.1%.
"This reflects in part the impact of the summer 2013 heatwave which held back performance in the early part of this financial year, but also the positive impact on sales from our investment in key growth initiatives," it said.
Meanwhile, new space contributed 5.7% growth over the full year, reflecting the 12 new opened shops during the year.
Dunelm's superstore portfolio now comprises of 136 units, compared with its medium-term target of 200. The company said it has a further 11 legally committed new store opportunities which should open in the current financial year.
Chief Executive Nick Wharton said: "With a strong pipeline of new stores, further enhancements to our multi-channel capability and a positive response to the continuing development of our customer proposition, the board remains confident in the group's long-term growth prospects."