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British Gas profits show 11% rise
Energy group Centrica has said profits at its British Gas Residential arm rose 11% to £606 million in 2012.
Its results come amid mounting questions over the fairness of energy prices after British Gas increased tariffs by 6% for around 8.5 million households at the end of last year.
Centrica has already sought to head off a consumer backlash by flagging up its importance to the UK economy after publishing a report at the weekend claiming it contributes more than £14 billion through taxes, job creation and contracts with small suppliers.