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Jet2.com Operator Dart Rises as Britons Seek Sun: London Mover

Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Dart Group Plc, the operator of leisure airline Jet2.com, rose the most in more than two years after saying full-year earnings will beat market expectations as a drizzly British summer spurred growth in holiday travel.

The shares surged 10 percent, the biggest gain since April 2010, to 84.25 pence in London.

“Strong summer trading” means that pretax profit in the six months through September will surpass last year’s performance in the period, Leeds, England-based Dart said today in a statement. Full-year earnings will “exceed current market expectations” even with increased seasonal losses in the second half.

Jet2.com flew 3.6 million passengers in the six months, an increase of 14 percent from a year earlier, it said today. Jet2holiday, its package holiday operation, served 312,000 passengers, a gain of 97 percent.

“They traded very well in the first half,” Chris Thomas, a Bristol, England-based analyst at Arden Partners Ltd., said by phone. Thomas, who has a buy recommendation on the shares, raised his estimate of full-year profit to 32 million pounds ($51.3 million) from 30 million pounds.

Dart operates from airports in the north of England, including Leeds Bradford and Manchester. Fowler Welch, Dart’s distribution and logistics business, traded in line with expectations, the company said.

The volume of trading was more than 960,000 shares, almost eight times the daily average over the past three months.

Dart’s sales rose 26 percent in the last fiscal year to 683 million pounds, with net income up 31 percent to 22.7 million pounds.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tom Metcalf in London at tmetcalf7@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Risser at drisser@bloomberg.net

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