Dignity expansion boosts profits

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ity’s underlying operating profit rose for the nine months ended on 30 September, helped by an increase in the number of funeral and crematoria locations, and maintained a positive outlook for the rest of the year. The company said pre-arranged funeral plan sales were strong and that trading since 30 September was in line with expectations. With the full-year expectations for the year remaining unchanged, Dignity, the UK's only listed funeral services provider, added three funeral and seven satellite locations since 27 July. January-September underlying operating profit was £48.4m, compared with £45m last year. Sales for the period rose 7.3 per cent to £155.8m.