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IN BRIEF

Wiggins boost

LONDON-BASED developer Wiggins has unveiled a rise in pre-tax profits to 366,000 for the half to September (1994 figure: 172,000). But the result depended on an exceptional benefit of 1 million, reflecting past overhead expenditure.

CRH swoops

DUBLIN materials group CRH has made a clutch of acquisitions in Britain, the Continent and the US worth IR38 million. The deals include the purchase of 23 builders merchants companies by the groups Keyline chain, a German rooflight manufacturing compasny and a Belgian extruded polystyrene insulation producer.