British Gas see profits rise 98% for first half of year

image captionBritish Gas added almost a quarter of a million new customers in the first half of 2010

British Gas made operating profits of £585m for the first half of 2010, a rise of 98%, according to its parent company Centrica.

The company, which supplies gas to more than half of the country's households, benefitted from the cold winter.

Gas usage rose by 8%, and the company added 223,000 new customers, after it cut gas bills in February.

That took the number of customers to 15.79 million, ahead of the number it supplied in 2008.

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