Qantas yesterday delivered relatively good news to the Airline Partners Australia consortium bidding for the flag carrier, raising its profit forecast and reporting a A$358.5 million ($278.7 million) net profit for the six months ended Dec. 31, a 1.7% increase from the A$352.6 million earned in the year-ago period. The 2005 figure was boosted by a favorable tax charge, highlighting the sound operating performance in the recently completed semester. Revenues grew 12.7% to A$7.73 billion ...

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