LONDON (Reuters) – British housebuilder Persimmon said it will hit its margin targets earlier than expected and said government schemes to help struggling home buyers were boosting sales. Persimmon, Britain's largest housebuilder by stock market value, said it expects its underlying operating margin to rise to 15 percent in the first half, compared to 12.1 percent over the same period last year. It had previously forecast a return to margins of between 15-17 percent by the end of 2014. …
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