Serious eWallet Progress

Online money transfer company Optimal Payments Plc said it expects to beat its forecast for the full-year after robust sales at its high-margin Neteller e-wallet business drove first-half pretax profit up 78 percent. The company’s shares rose as much as 7.8 percent to 510 pence in early trade on the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Pretax profit jumped to $27.5 million for the six months ended June 30, from $15.5 million a year ago.

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