The group verified its building websites and sales places of work are continuing to work all over the next lockdown, though it included a notice of caution amid probable more measures to control the pandemic and economic uncertainty.

It declared a different interim dividend payout to buyers of 70p a share, on major of the 40p a share compensated out in September.

Alongside one another, the payouts change the 110p a share ultimate divi for 2019 that was postponed at the commencing of the crisis.

Persimmon’s recently appointed chief government Dean Finch, who took on the position at the close of September, explained: “Persimmon continues to execute robustly regardless of the significant difficulties presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, and we are at this time on course to deliver a superior end result for 2020.”

The group included: “We are well well prepared for this next lockdown and go on to get the job done with our subcontractors and offer chain to keep the group’s operations.

“We keep on being mindful, nonetheless, of the probable for more disruption from further Authorities-mandated measures to control the pandemic and the effect of ongoing uncertainty on the Uk financial state.”

Shares fell five.2pc to £26.45.