Profits at PayPoint rose slightly in the past six months despite a double-digit fall in revenues the payment provider blamed on a drop in mobile phone top-ups.

Revenues for the six months to 27 September dropped 12% to £96.4m, but operating profits edged up by 3% to £14.7m. The total value of transactions using PayPoint grew 10% to £4.45bn.

"PayPoint has  delivered first half operating  profits ahead of  market expectations,  despite the economic downturn,” said chairman David Newlands. “New products and  services, developments  in technology, and  new  contracts  have  strengthened  the  traditional business.”

He added: “We have again increased the dividend as there is ample capacity to do so without adversely affecting growth prospects.”

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