BTP Group sales increased by 3% to £ 404 M in fiscal 1997 (year ended 31 Mar 1997) giving an operating profit increase of 7% to £ 50 M. After a strong 1H, the 2H progressed more slowly held back by the immediate effects of currency changes. The Biocides & Fine Chemicals Division increased sales by 13% to £ 151 M and operating profit by 8% to £28.6 M with another strong year on most fronts. The figures and comparisions are adjusted for the transfer of the Rock Hill site from Performance Chemicals into this Division in the 2H. Performance Chemicals increased sales by 18% to £ 79 M and operating profit decreased 16% to £6.5M. The 2H figures are adjusted for the transfer out of the Rock Hill and Australian PCA businesses. Good volume increases were offset by lower selling prices and currency effects. Adhesives & Textile Coatings increased operating profits by 39% to £ 5.3 M on sales, which, due to the closure of the US West Coast facility, decreased by 4% to £108 M. Improved raw material pricing and rationalisation benefits contributed to increased profits. A further £0.6 m of rationalisation costs were incurred in the year. The Safety Equipment Division showed an operating profit increase of 18% to £ 9.4 M on flat sales of £ 61 M.