Pre-taxprofitsforthesixmonthstotheendofSeptemberup79%at£179。

7m,withbasicearningspershareup86%at43。

1p。

Thecompanyalsopusheditsinterimdividendup6%to9。

3pencepershare。

LSEflaggeduptheperformanceofitsposttradeservices,wheretotalincomewasup68%,drivenbygrowthinclearingvolumesandincreasedtreasuryincomefromitscentralcounterpartybusiness。

Italsobenefittedfromanincreasingnumberoffirmsraisingfundsonthebourse。

Thenumberofnewissuesonthegroupsprimarymarketsincreased15%to102,including24internationalcompanies,withtotalcapitalraisedup32%at£23bn。

ThenumberswereboostedbythefloatofGlencore,thelargesteverinternationalIPOinLondon,whichraised£6。

2billion。

However,itsaidthatactivitylevelsatthestartofofthesecondhalfwerelowerthanlastyearandanyextendedperiodofmarketvolatilitymadetimingofnewissuesuncertain,althoughthepipelineforIPOsappearedencouragingwithanumberofinternationalcompaniesseekingopportunitiestoraisecapital。

Inthesecondarymarkets,averagedailyvaluetradedintheUKcashequitiesmarketincreased2%to£5。

0bn,helpedbystrongtradinginAugust。

InItaly,whereLSEownsBorsaItaliana,theaveragedailynumberoftradesrose7%to267,000,alsobenefittingfromheightenedtradingoverthesummer。

Lookingforward,marketconditionsareexpectedtobetesting,thoughthegroupisingoodshapeaswecontinuetodiversifyourbusinessthroughafocusonourstrategytoimprovecompetitiveness,driveinnovation,extendourscopeandscaleanddelivergrowth,saidLSEchairman,ChrisGibson-Smith。

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