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Higher prices for parcels and loads of Christmas cards delivered helped Royal Mail boost revenues by 2 per cent in the past nine months, the recently privatised business reported today.

The Business Matrix: Thursday 22 November 2012

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Surge in profits pushes Royal Mail towards sell-off

Hitting Britons with stamp price rises of almost 40 per cent helped Royal Mail to post a 12 per cent jump in half-year pre-tax profits to £115m yesterday, marching the postal giant closer to privatisation.

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Parcel deliveries help Royal Mail profit soar

Royal Mail reported a huge increase in half-yearly profits today as growth in parcel deliveries made up for a continued fall in the number of letters being sent.

Profit rise to pave way for Royal Mail float

Royal Mail boss Moya Greene is ready to deliver on plans for the most high-profile privatisation since the railways nearly 20 years ago.

Parcel firm DPD creates 1,500 jobs

Up to 1,500 new UK jobs are set to be created as part of £175 million expansion plans by parcel delivery company DPD.

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Olympic postboxes to stay gold, says Royal Mail

Royal Mail postboxes painted gold to celebrate Britain's Olympic winners will not be returned to red.

Royal Mail will be given the power to set the price of first class stamps and some second class post under plans outlined by the industry's new regulator

Royal Mail to create 1,000 new jobs

Royal Mail has announced a £75 million investment programme for its UK express parcels business, creating 1,000 jobs.

Christmas stamps designed by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of children’s book The Gruffalo

Gruffalo artist Axel Scheffler's special delivery of festive stamps

Traditional festive stamps designed by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of children's book The Gruffalo, have been unveiled by the Royal Mail.

Borrowing still a 'problem' for George Osborne

The underlying health of the public finances will remain problematic for the Chancellor despite an expected improvement in Government borrowing, experts warned today.

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