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Aug 7 (Reuters) - Spirax-Sarco Engineering Plc expects sales growth at its main business to more than halve in the second half of this year, as a weakening global economy weighs on forecasts for industrial production, the company said on Wednesday.
Shares of the company fell about 5% to 81.80 pounds in early trading as Spirax’s downbeat forecast overshadowed a better-than-expected first-half.
The valve maker said sales would drop at its steam specialties business partly due to the “non-repeat nature” of some of its sources of growth in the first half, which included several large orders in China and Korea, a Brexit stock build and a stronger-than-expected currency devaluation in Argentina.
The unit accounted for 62% of the company’s revenue in the first half of the year.
The company also said second-half trading conditions will be below its earlier estimates.
The latest 2019 forecast for global industrial production growth is at 1.6%, compared with the 3.1% growth posted in 2018, Spirax said.
Overall, revenue in the first half of the year rose 8% and adjusted pretax profit was up 3%, the company said. (Reporting by Justin George Varghese in Bengaluru; editing by Patrick Graham; Editing by Anil D’Silva)