Profits soar as energy bills rise

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An energy company whose customers were hit with bill hikes of 9% last month has reported a 38% jump in half-year profits to nearly £400 million.

SSE, which trades as Southern Electric, Swalec and Scottish Hydro and is the UK's second-largest generator of electricity, also increased its dividend for shareholders by 5% to 25.2p a share.