Accesso Technology (ACSO) spent 2016 ploughing cash into wearable technology, as well as scaling up its existing ticketing platform for major new client Merlin Entertainments (MERL). This meant its research and development expenditure increased to almost 18 per cent of revenue, compared with 13 per cent the previous year. However, the rewards were a 25 per cent increase in underlying operating profit to $15.7m (£12.6m).
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