* H1 operating profit 62.4 mln euros, sees year up 15 pct
* Revenue up a third to 6.1 bln euros on acquisitions
DUBLIN Nov 6 Irish business services group DCC
said first-half operating profit rose 1.1 percent and a
more normal winter should see it have a strong second half.
DCC, whose energy business makes up around half its profit,
was hit by mild weather last year, particularly in Britain.
The company reiterated on Tuesday that, so long as winter
temperatures return to normal, it expected full-year adjusted
earnings per share and operating profit to rise 15 percent on
"As DCC enters its seasonally more significant second half,
its full-year guidance continues to be set against a weak
economic environment and the important assumption that there
will be a return to more normal winter temperatures," chief
executive Tommy Breen said.
The Dublin-based group, which also sells a broad range of
products from computer games to coffee, said operating profit
for the six months to end-September rose to 62.4 million euros
($80 million), excluding its IT unit which was sold in June.
Revenue on continuing activities rose 32.5 percent to 6.1
billion euros, chiefly as a result of acquisitions mainly made
by its energy arm.