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3pc rise for Domino's

PIZZA delivery company Domino's took an extra 3pc slice of sales in Ireland during the first half of the year.

The move was a change from the difficult start made in 2011, when the first six months saw an 8.4pc decline.

The European arm of the US company which has bases in Britain, Ireland and Germany showed total sales of €367m, which was up by 11pc on the same period last year.

Domino's opened 23 shops during the period, mostly in the UK, taking total numbers to 748 and like-for-like sales were up by 5.2pc.

Pre-tax profits for the European business -- excluding Germany -- increased by 15.2pc to £23.3m.

68 outlets are here -- 48 in the Republic and 20 in the North.