DCC made a pre-tax profit of £151m in the past year, according to full year results from the Irish conglomerate, up 13.7% on last year’s figures.

The strong performance came on the back of a 6% rise in revenue, which stood at £11.2bn.

The Irish company, which has its main stock market listing in Britain and reports figures in sterling, reported strong growth in its technology division where - among other things - it distributes Microsoft's Xbox One games consoles.

It also saw significant growth at its healthcare unit, which controls a number of medicinal and beauty brands.

A significant portion of DCC’s business is also dedicated to the energy sector, where it operates a number of fuelling station brands as well as home heating businesses.

During the past year the company entered the Swedish market after acquiring a network of self-service fuel stations in the country.