Profits up at Stagecoach

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TRANSPORT group Stagecoach saw a 39 per cent rise in half-year profits after seeing strong growth in its regional bus division.

The company, which operates in and around Portsmouth, is one of the UK’s biggest bus and coach operators.

It has 2.5m passengers every day, and said overall profits jumped to £123.7m in the six months to October 31 this year.