Strong growth in the UK for mobile phone operator Orange helped reduce the loss for the entire group during the last six months.
Orange reported a pre tax loss of £32.2 million for the six months ended 30 June, 1999, a 35 per cent improvement on the loss in the year earlier period. Group turnover for the period increased 52 per cent to £812.9 million.
The second half of the year will be dominated by, "rapid penetration growth in all our markets," Orange said in a statement.
In the UK, profit rose to £46.2 million, turning around a pre tax loss in the year earlier period. UK turnover increased 63 per cent to £645.5 million, with network revenue up 62 per cent to £512.7 million.
"The focus in the UK will be on maintaining the momentum behind the move into profit before tax, pioneering the 'wirefree' market for data and encouraging our customers to put an increasing share of their telecommunications traffic over Orange," the company said.
Internationally, Orange said it would continue to extend its presence around the world.
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