Household cleaning products firm McBride said its profits have fallen by £8.8m, despite an increase in revenues to £721.3m.

The company, which has a factory on Park Road, Barrow, released its full year results to the London Stock Exchange and said it was trading in difficult conditions.

It said it was hit by ongoing weakness in the French and North markets, although there was good growth in UK, Spain, Germany and Asia.

Operating profit fell by £8.8m to £28.9m and adjusted profits before tax fell from £33.2m to £24.5m.

During the year, the group successfully completed the sale of the European Personal Care (PC) Liquids business following the disposal of its skincare business in the Czech Republic the previous year.

Chris Smith, interim chief executive, said: "The past year has seen a shortfall in profit performance versus our core ambitions. The actions taken over the past three years have enabled the group to improve its competitive advantage and market share in most product ranges, despite difficult trading conditions.

"The margin environment remains challenging and while we see certain input costs stabilising we will continue to be vigilant on overhead costs and continue to pursue growth opportunities in line with our strategic plans.

"The board's expectations for the full year remain in line with our July trading update, with household revenues expected to be flat for the 12 months to 30 June 2020 and earnings to be slightly below the year to 30 June 2019."