Royal Mail Rides The Online Parcel Wave
The newly-privatised Royal Mail has revealed a rise in parcel delivery revenue of 8% in the nine months to December 29.
The spike in like-for-like earnings comes as the shift to online purchases continues.
The company said the figures were boosted by strong demand over Christmas.
Despite parcel volumes remaining flat, price delivery changes pushed revenue upwards.
Meanwhile, revenue for its letter delivery service was down 3% in the same period - blamed on the rise of email and social media.
Royal Mail said the trading performance was in line with expectations and it has confidence it will deliver results consistent with key value targets for the full year.
The postal firm's part-flotation last October by the Government was fiercely opposed by unions and Labour.
The Government still has a 30% stake but was widely criticised for potentially short-changing the taxpayer on the flotation price.
Shares in the firm closed at 588p on Thursday, up 78% from the 330p per share price.
In early Friday trading shares remained flat. The company is currently valued at around £5.9bn.
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