UK contractor, Balfour Beatty has released financial figures for the first half of 2001 that show a healthy market position and promising order book. Pre-tax profits rose by 17% to $57.4M with earnings per share boosted by 41% from 5.5 cents to 7.7 cents. A record order book of $5.6bn was also reported with a continued availablitiy of cash making acquisitions viable to further strengthen the Group.