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Bloomsbury in Harry Potter boost
Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe
There is renewed interest in the early Harry Potter novels
Harry Potter books are continuing to work their magic for publisher Bloomsbury, with the firm seeing a 24% rise in underlying profits for 2005.

Profit before tax and an exceptional gain was 20.13m ($34.78m) last year, up from 16.28m in 2004.

The firm said in a statement that it had experienced a good start to 2006.

The year was dominated by Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince which beat sales forecasts, and increased interest in the earlier novels.

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