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Love/Hate DVD sales lift RTÉ profits

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DVD sales of the most recent series of Love/Hate have been credited with helping to increase pre-tax profits for RTÉ’s commercial firm last year.

The 208% increase to €4million was outlined in the accounts filed by RTÉ Commercial Enterprises Ltd.

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The company said: “While average sales for merchandising were down compared to 2011, the sales of Love/Hate Series 3 and the box set exceeded expectations and performed very strongly in a declining market”.

Profits from these sales will contribute to funding the production of each €600,000 episode.

RTÉ have not specified sales figures of Love/Hate Series 3 DVDs or the revenue generated, “as this could prove prejudicial to its ability to operate within commercial markets.”

The accounts also show that RTÉ’s revenue last year decreased slightly from €21.72m to €21.7m.

Series 4 of Love/Hate returns to RTÉ this Sunday (October 6).

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