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Strong British and German demand drives Sky results

Strong demand for pay TV in Britain and a record jump in customer numbers in Germany helped Sky to post a 16 percent rise in first-half adjusted operating profit in its maiden results as a European pay-TV group on Wednesday.

Sky, which was formed from the combination of Britain's BSkyB, Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia to serve 20 million customers in Europe, said it had also seen a significant decline in the number of people leaving their platforms.

Overall the group posted first half adjusted operating profit up 16 percent to 675 million pounds ($1 billion), well ahead of forecasts of 644 million pounds in a consensus provided by the company.

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