Scotland business

Wood Group reports slump in half-year profits

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Oil services provider Wood Group has reported a slump in half-year profits, with a challenging North Sea market being cited as a factor.

The company - which aims to acquire Amec Foster Wheeler - reported a 77% fall in pre-tax profit to $13.5m (£10.5m) in the six months to 30 June.

Wood Group also had $47.6m (£37.1m) of exceptional costs, more than half of which were linked to its proposed takeover of Amec.

Revenue fell 10% to $1.9bn (£1.5bn).

Chief executive Robin Watson said: "First half performance was down on 2016 reflecting the different market conditions across our business.

"The North Sea market is particularly challenging."

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