Bathroom fittings manufacturer Samuel Heath & Sons has jumped back into a half-year profit after a slight rise in sales.

The Birmingham firm saw sales rise to £4.92 million in the year to the end of September, compared to £4.75 million the same period last year.

That helped the Samuel Heath & Sons (HSM) to post a £222,000 profit, compared to the £97,000 loss it revealed at this time in 2009.

In a statement, chairman Sam Heath added: “I have explained in this statement many times, that, in this day and age, an order book is a thing of the past.

“We are reliant on each daily intake of orders, to generate our sales. Within the six month period, August proved to be a very difficult and lean month. Had it not been, the figures might have been much better.

“I mention this to illustrate how difficult it is to forecast the results for the full year. I am pleased to say business has picked up again since August, but we have every reason to be fearful of the early months of 2011.”