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SSE loses customers

Airtricity's parent company SSE lost 28,000 customers across the island of Ireland between March and September.

The Scotland-based company blamed stiffer competition, particularly in the Republic, because of new players in the market.

As of September, it had 782,000 customers on the island of Ireland - just over a fifth of the market share.

SSE also said it expected its full-year earnings per share to come in at the lower end of expectations because of weak energy prices.