* H1 underlying pretax profit up 6 pct, in line with view
* Total revenue $2.3 billion
* Shares up 0.6 percent
LONDON, Nov 8 Credit data firm Experian Plc
reported a 6 percent rise in first-half pretax profit,
in line with expectations, and said it expected to achieve high
single-digit organic revenue growth for the full year.
Experian, best known for running consumer credit checks for
banks and retailers, said it made an underlying pretax profit of
$563 million in the six months to Sept. 30, ahead of the $561
million expected by analysts in a company poll.
The company said the improvement reflected revenue growth
across all of its regions and businesses, including double-digit
growth in Latin America and its consumer services division.
Total revenue was $2.3 billion, the group said, including
organic revenue growth (excluding acquisitions) of 8 percent
based on constant exchange rates. Organic growth in Latin
America was 17 percent.
Chief Executive Don Hunter said the company was increasing
its investment in new customer segments such as the U.S. public
sector and healthcare payments and was expanding in high-growth
markets including Russia, Turkey and Colombia.
Shares in Experian were up 0.6 percent to 1,050 pence in