Belfast Telegraph

Funeral provider sees its profits rise by 4%

The UK's largest provider of funeral-related services reported a rise in profits as pre-arranged funeral plan sales continue to hold up.

Dignity, which has more than 600 funeral locations, unveiled a 4% rise in operating profits to £23.4m in the 13 weeks to March 30, as the firm's s rose 3% to £61.1m.

The group, which in 2011 held 62,300 funerals, said the year started "relatively quietly" but business had been "noticeably busier" in March compared to the previous year.