LONDON (AFX) - Dart Group PLC reported a pretax profit before exceptionals of 21.8 mln stg for
the first half to Sept 30 2006, up from 14.4 mln stg on turnover of 198.6 mln stg from continuing operations compared to 168.7 mln stg a year earlier.
It said it is optimistic about its full-year results.
The low-cost airline and distribution group said capital expenditure in the half-year was 26.0 mln stg, up from last year's 22.7 mln stg, primarily related to the purchase of two Boeing 757-200 aircraft.
After exceptionals, pretax profit for the half-year was 24.0 mln stg, up from 18.1 mln.
The company reported diluted earnings of 10.39 pence a share from continuing operations, compared to last year's 6.4 pence. It declared an interim dividend of 0.65 pence per share, up 15.6 pct from last year's 0.5625 pence.
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