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Sky profits rise as pay TV giant shrugs off BT challenge

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Pay TV giant Sky shrugged off the increasing threat from rival BT as it notched up its best first quarter UK customer growth for four years.

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The group said it added 77,000 customers in the three months to the end of September across the UK and Ireland, up 50% on a year earlier, while profits in the region leapt by a fifth to £358 million, helped by cost cutting.

Sky, which serves more than 20 million customers group-wide following the acquisition of businesses in Italy and Germany, hailed a “strong start to the year” as it posted a better-than-expected 10% leap in overall group earnings to £375 million.

It comes despite the launch of BT’s Champions League coverage, with the group seeking to lure customers away from Sky.

Sky said: “In what was expected to be a tough trading period, our investments in world class content and innovation delivered a good quarter of financial and operational growth.”

Its rate of churn – which measures the number of customers quitting the group – fell to 9.8% in the UK, down from 10.9% a year earlier, marking the lowest first quarter level for 11 years.

The group said broadband was its star performer, with a 77% surge in new customers, up 133,000 on a year earlier.

Popular television series such as True Detective, as well as box set offerings including Sons Of Anarchy, Entourage and True Blood, helped viewing figures rise 70% year-on-year for Sky Atlantic in the UK and Ireland.

Sky Sports viewing rose 3%, it added.

Group performance was driven by the UK, while earnings were held flat in Germany and Austria and tumbled by 24% in Italy.

Sky struck a deal last November to buy Sky Italia and a majority interest in Sky Deutschland, which saw it change its name from BSkyB to Sky.

Shares in the group rose more than 2%.

Analysts at Numis Securities said the results were “encouraging”.


Photo from Chris Radburn / PA Wire

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