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Crest Nicholson reports lower first half profit

June 11 (Reuters) - Housebuilder Crest Nicholson Holdings Plc on Tuesday reported a fall in first-half pretax-profit compared to a year ago but said forward sales in the second half of its financial year so far had been encouraging.

Crest, which builds houses and flats across southern England, said pretax profit fell 11% to 64.4 million pounds for the period ending April 30. (Reporting by Samantha Machado in Bengaluru; editing by Patrick Graham)