Penguin sales sizzle with Naked Chef

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Penguin Group was upbeat as it announced its best-ever financial year, in which sales grew 34% to &#163;755m, and operating profit 22% to &#163;79m.</p><p>

Dorling Kindersley contributed sales of &#163;125m but no profit in the year to end-December 2000. Penguin was bullish in its projection that DK would become profitable during 2001. The illustrated reference publisher broke even following its acquisition by Penguin in May last year. After stripping out &#163;27m integration costs and &#163;14m goodwill amortisation, Penguin's operating profit was &#163;38m.</p><p>

Penguin UK was buoy...

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