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U.K.’s Big Yellow Group Posts First-Quarter Profit


Big Yellow Group Plc, a U.K. self-storage operator, posted a pre-tax profit of £10.2m (approximately $12.6 million) for the first quarter ending March 31, 2010, compared with a loss of £71.5m (approximately $88.5 million) for the same period last year.

Operations began improving for the company about a year ago. Storage revenue for the fourth quarter increased by 5 percent to £13.7m (approximately $16.9 million), and revenue for the second half of the quarter was up by 1 percent compared to the first.

Adjusted pre-tax profit rose 20 percent to £16.5m (approximately $20.4 million), and group net debt was reduced to £269.4m (approximately $333 million).

“In the quarter to March, we saw the start of the usual seasonal pickup, which was stronger than in 2009,” said Chairman Nicholas Vetch. “There is clearly a recovery under way in the performance of this business evidenced by year-on-year quarterly growth and the levels of reservations, phone calls and Web enquiries coming into the business.”

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