By Marcus Leach

Bovis, the UK house builder, have reported strong earnings growth and thus subsequently expect to see significant increases in profit for 2011.

The Kent-based group expects to record profits of about £31m for last year, up 68% on 2010.

"The group can deliver significantly increased profit and, coupled with improving efficiency of capital employed, a stronger return on capital employed in 2012 and beyond," said chief executive David Ritchie in a statement.

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