Energy Minister Michael Fallon
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Energy minister: 'Companies should show restraint'

British Gas owner Centrica has reported a rise in half-year profits, after the unusually cold winter boosted gas consumption.

Centrica's adjusted operating profit rose 9% to £1.58bn for the six months to 30 June, up from £1.45bn for the same period in 2012.

British Gas' residential arm saw profits rise 3% to £356m, up from £345m a year earlier.

It attracted criticism after raising energy prices by 6% in November 2012.

BBC Breakfast asked Energy Minister Michael Fallon if customers should expect to pay less.

"Companies should show restraint - there have been very big increases in bills".

  • 31 Jul 2013
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