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Improved rental volumes helped Surrey-based plant hirer Ashtead Group to more than double pre-tax profits to £3.3 million for the half ending October (1992: £1.6 million).The firm has raised its volumes by 19 per cent during the half by attracting some 1,400 more customers and diversifying into new rental markets such as local authorities and water companies.'Our policy has been to move metal,' said chairman Peter Lewis. He also points to the group's perseverance in keeping ...

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