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Potter book buoys publisher’s profits

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LONDON (AP) — Harry Potter has worked his magic on British publisher Bloomsbury, which has reported a 13.7 percent increase in pretax profits for the six months to June 30.

The company said Tuesday that publication of J.K. Rowling's fifth Potter adventure, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," had boosted pretax profits to 3.56 million pounds ($5.7 million) during the period.

Overall sales for the period rose 18.2 percent to 29 million pounds ($46 million), the company said. Other best-selling authors published by Bloomsbury include Margaret Atwood and Donna Tartt.