Bloomsbury to relaunch Harry Potter series

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Bloomsbury publishing said the relaunch of the Harry Potter series to tie in with the keenly awaited movie of the final book would help drive a stronger second half after interim profits fell 48 per cent.

Pre-tax profits fell to £949,000 from £1.8m a year earlier, although the group said its underlying earnings rose 8 per cent.

Its second half is traditionally stronger and Bloomsbury said a number of releases were in the pipeline, as well as a deal to publish Churchill's papers in electronic form.