Another successful year
The UK-based agricultural and garden equipment group PLT has had another successful year and is looking forward to the future with confidence. The group, which also has distribution and fuel (19),has enjoyed record profits for the fifth year in a (20) . Pre-tax profits for the year (21) March 31 rose by 24 per cent to £4.2 million.
Total group sales (22) by five per cent to £155 million, with the agricultural business delivering yet another record (23), despite the somewhat difficult trading (24) in the industry. Sales in the garden equipment (25) were slow in the early months of the year, but increased dramatically in the final quarter.
Chairman Suresh Kumar said, ‘It is my (26) that we have continued to grow by (27) our customers well. I am delighted to (28) the continued development of our customer (29) and I would like to thank all our customers for their (30).As well as an increase in customers,our staff numbers also continue to grow. During the year, we have taken(31)58 new employees, so that our total workforce now numbers in excess of 700. All of the staff deserve my praise for their dedication and continued efforts in (32) these excellent results.’
The group has proposed a final (33) of 9.4p per share, bringing the total to 13p for the year.
19 A commitments B interests C responsibilities D benefits
20 A row B series C line D sequence
21 A completing B closing C finalising D ending
22 A extended B lifted C expanded D climbed
23 A display B production C performance D demonstration
24 A conditions B features C states D aspects
25 A part B division C component D side
26 A certainty B thought C belief D idea
27 A caring B dealing C providing D treating
28 A inform B notify C comment D report
29 A source B base C foundation D origin
30 A support B favour C assistance D service
31 A up B back C on D over
32 A winning B gaining C achieving D earning
33 A dividend B recompense C return D interest
1)Something in which such a right, claim, or share is held:
has interests overseas.
2)A person or group of persons holding such a right, claim, or share:
a petroleum interest.
20题，很显然意思是连续五年利润创记录，in a row是固定短语，连续几次的，连续不断的;in a line是成一排。
21题，年税前收益截至3月31日增长了24%，达到了420万英镑。the year ending March 31，表示以3月31日结束
22题，意思很明显，销售增长了5%。climb有一种用法是指数量或水平的增长(to increase in number, amount, or level)。例句：The temperature has climbed steadily since this morning.
25题，garden equipment division 园林设备部。截至目前所做的解析，这个division已经是第二次在完形填空里出现了。
26和27题，It is my belief that 我相信。我相信是因为好好对待了客户所以我们才会持续增长。
31题，新增了58位新员工。take up占据，拿起，继续，开始从事等等;take back拿回，收回;take on一般做呈现讲，有雇佣的意思(朗文：to start to employ someone)，例句：We're taking on 50 new staff this year.take over接管。
“an act of explaining and showing how to do something or how something works”,中文做“演示”讲