UPDATE 1-Weak auto market, crop care sales hold back Croda profit


* H1 pretax profit from cont. ops up 6 pct to 133.1 mln stg * H1 sales up 1 pct at 562.7 mln stg * Performance Tech division sales hurt by weak European auto market * Shares fall 3 pct July 23 (Reuters) - Croda International Plc reported an improved profit in the first half, but growth was held back by the British speciality chemical maker's exposure to the European auto market and lower sales at its crop care business. ...


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