As of March, the Dundee-based company, which owns the free magazines “Stylists and Candidates” and The Sunday Mail of Scotland, slipped 0.6 percentage points to 277 million pounds. Profit before tax rose 23% to 38.1 million pounds.
Andrew Thomson, chairman of DC Thomson, said: “Continued investment in new businesses and stable revenue in the traditional publishing industry have led to consistent performance consistent with our long-term business strategy.”
The company’s primary business was a 26.5% increase through its “Wild and Wolf” gift business, and a 13% increase in sales of British newspaper archive sites.
Thomson plans to increase its final dividend by about 400,000 pounds to about 15.7 million pounds, raising total annual shareholder spending from 20.4 million pounds last year to 19.8 million pounds.
Mr. Thomson said: “The markets we run are still challenging, but the diversification and expansion of the Group, as well as other financial assets and business interests that support major trading operations, contributed to this fiscal year.