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Recruiter PageGroup profit rises as hiring picks up in March

April 9 (Reuters) - Global recruitment firm PageGroup on Friday reported higher first-quarter gross profit, with a growth of 31% in March, helped by improvements in hiring in its EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions.

The company, which operates in 36 countries and helps hire executives, professionals and clerical staff, said it now expects annual operating profit to be in the range of 90 million pounds ($123.38 million) and 100 million pounds. ($1 = 0.7294 pounds) (Reporting by Indranil Sarkar in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V)

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