- Plus500, an leading online service provider for retail customers to trade CFDs internationally, booked a first-half pretax profit of $20.5 million, from $13.4 million.

Trading income totalled $44.7 million, from $30.3 million.

It would pay an interim dividend of $0.07 a share.

Plus500 said it had made a strong start to current financial year with marketing and promotional activities driving customer acquisition and revenue growth: An increase of 22% in new customers and an increase of 18% in active customers compared to 1H 2012.

"Looking ahead, we have a clear strategy for growth in our customer base leaving us well placed to benefit from future periods of strong market activity," said CEO Gal Haber in a statement.

"We are confident of meeting market expectations for the full year and are focussed on generating strong returns for our new shareholders into the future," Haber said.

At 9:28am: [LON:PLUS] share price was +4.5p at 136p

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