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UK's Daily Mail publisher reports 20% drop in first-half profit

LONDON, May 27 (Reuters) - The publisher of the Daily Mail reported a 20% drop in pretax profit in its first half as growth in its business-to-business information service was offset by declines in its events and exhibitions and consumer media businesses.

Daily Mail and General Trust on Thursday reported pretax profit of 47 million pounds ($66.35 million) on revenue down 12% on an underlying basis to 580 million pounds.

$1 = 0.7084 pounds Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Kate Holton

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