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In this work, we describe the efficient use of improved directions of negative curvature for the solution of bound-constrained nonconvex problems. We follow an interior-point framework, in which the key point is the inclusion of computational low-cost procedures to improve directions of negative curvature obtained from a factorisation of the KKT matrix. From a theoretical point of view, it is well known that these directions ensure convergence to second-order KKT points. As a novelty, we consider the convergence rate of the algorithm with exploitation of negative curvature information. Finally, we test the performance of our proposal on both CUTEr/st and simulated problems, showing empirically that the enhanced directions affect positively the practical performance of the procedure.