Like for like operating profit** for the six months increased by 4.3% from £27.4m to £28.6m, the first increase in like for like operating profit for seven years.
Total advertising revenues declined 13.6% in the first half. The decline seen at the start of the year of 17.6% narrowed during February and March to 12.6%, narrowing further to 6.3% in June and July.
Digital revenues were up 13.3% in the first half and up 31.9% period on period in June and July.
Net debt is down 15.3% period on period to £306.4m from £361.7m.
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