Churchill China, the historic listed ceramics maker headquartered in Stoke-on-Trent, has hailed its "strong finish" to 2018 and "improved performance" during the second half of the year.
In an update to the London Stock Exchange, the company said its revenue growth in export markets "remained strong" and that it now expects its performance to be ahead of current market estimates.
A statement said: "We have made substantial progress against our strategic objectives in 2018 and have enjoyed a strong finish to the year.
"Revenue growth in export markets remained strong across the year.
"Our performance in the UK improved in the second half of the year.
"As a result the board now expects that operating performance will be ahead of current market estimates."
Churchill China can trace its roots back to the late 1700s.