Strong agri-business operations lifted first-half profit at Thai conglomerate CP Pokphand to US$12.1 million, up from $1.5 million. Turnover rose 57 per cent to $883 million in the period to June. Earnings per share were 0.565 cents, up from 0.073 cents. Interim dividend is 0.192 cents per share. The company said currency turbulence in Southeast Asia would affect its Thai and Indonesian operations, and its mainland motorcycle business had been hit by unfavourable market conditions. Agri-business on the mainland remained strong with raw material prices returning to reasonable levels and demand staying high.