Hellermanntyton, the FTSE 250-listed cable ties specialist, said that revenues in the first half grew strongly at constant currency, helped by double-digit growth in each of its geographies.
However, while the company more than doubled its interim dividend, profits came in shy of analysts' expectations.
Hellermanntyton, which makes products for fastening, fixing, identification, insulation and protection, said revenue totalled €292.4m in the six months to 30 June, up 14.9% when excluding currency movements.
The firm said that improvements were seen across the board but growth was driven by strong performances in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia.
Meanwhile, the automotive market performed particularly well, with sales up 19.9% at constant currency.
"The group continued to deliver good organic revenue and profit growth in the first half of 2014 across each of our geographic segments and broadly based growth by industry," said chief executive Steve Salmon.
Pre-tax profit improved to €34.65m from €21.83m a year earlier, while underlying earnings per share (EPS) rose 8.8% to 12.82 cents. However, analysts were looking for underlying EPS closer to 13.7 cents.
The dividend for the first half was hiked to 2.82 cents a share, up from 1.32 cents previously.
Looking ahead, Salmon said that order intake growth in the third quarter has "started well and we remain confident about the outlook for the full year".
Strong first-half trading and land sales have helped house-builder Henry Boot to predict forecast-topping annual profits.
Boot said commercial development activity had hit its highest level since 2007 and it had well over 10,800 housing units with planning permission available for future sale.
Revenue in the six months to 30 June fell to £65.8m from £81.8m a year ago as a £15m one-off sale of land at a former chocolate factory site in York a year earlier was not repeated.
But operating profit climbed 79% to £14m following several land sales and combined development property sale profit and valuation gains of £2.1m, compared to a combined deficit of £300,000 in 2013. Pre-tax profit rose 81% to £13.4m.
The group has several strategic land sites and development schemes progressing to completion in the next two years.
"This portfolio of "work in progress" is larger than at any time in the last five years and is the result of the acquisition of opportunities throughout the bottom of the property cycle. Now the market is recovering more strongly, this portfolio is expected to offer solid returns," it said.
Earnings per share rose 106% to 7.4p and Boot increased its half-year dividend to 2.1p from 1.95p a year ago.
Chairman John Brown said: "We currently anticipate trading profits including revaluation gains to exceed the board's initial expectations for the year."