Kunick is testing the next generation of high-tech wizardry with an unnamed leading pub retailer. The leisure group's management communication network (MIDAS) is able to provide internet and intranet facilities, with extra features designed for the leasehold and tenanted pub market.

It is currently testing with the pub retailers a "walled-garden" web browser for internet access. It will follow this up with the introduction of prototypes of soft terminal amusement with prizes machines. The new internet terminals it is developing could be programmed to provide services including shopping, holidays, news and an e-mail facility on which pub landlords could earn commission.

This could offer great potential for its biggest customer, Whitbread - which it did not name - which could eventually offer bookings for Beefeater restaurants. Kunick announced half-year pre-tax profit in line with expectation down from £4.4m to £3.8m. Turnover from continuing operations jumped 27% to £84.18m.

The fall follows the disposal of its non-core French retail business, which made more profit in the first-half of the year. The leisure facilities management business has historically earned most of its profits in the second half of the year. A refocus of the group's joint venture Bell-Fruit Games also reduced operating profits in the first half.