Michel Laroche has seen its H1 net profit halved. The French wine maker and distributor said yesterday (20 December) that net profit fell to €300,000 (US$401,900) for the first six months of fiscal 2004/2005 to 31 March 2005 .

The group posted a drop in operating profit for the period to €900,000 from €1.6m, while EBITDA also slipped, to €1.8m from €2.5m.

Turnover fell to €14.9m from €16.7m.