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The Rugby World Cup has helped ITV to a 13% rise in revenues for the first nine months of the year, according to the broadcaster.

ITV reported revenues of £2 billion during the period, up from £1.4bn in the same period last year. Broadcast and online revenues were up 7% to £1.5bn. And advertising revenues on its family channels were up 6%.

Over the full financial year, ITV expects revenues to be up 5% on last year. It also said signs for 2016 were "encouraging".

Adam Crozier, chief executive of ITV said: "We're on track for another year of double digit profit growth as we continue to strengthen ITV in the UK and internationally.

"As we expected, share of viewing has improved in the second half driven by strong performances in daytime, the soaps and the Rugby World Cup, and continuing this trend remains a key focus for the business."