Sky's group chief executive, Jeremy Darroch, hailed an "exceptional year" for the company, adding that the group had upgraded its services in Germany and Austria in order to sustain long-term growth in the largest European TV markets.
Pre-tax profits rose 7.6% to £864 million on like-for-like revenues 5% higher at £13.6 billion.
While competition from online TV services has threatened Comcast's cable TV business, it has also helped the company's cable networks like United States of America and Bravo. The bid came just hours after Fox (FOXA.O) had upped its own bid to 14 pounds. "Whilst understandably the external focus has been on the bids for Sky, I can tell you that our teams are highly focused and motivated and I think excited about the opportunities ahead no matter what our ownership structure is".
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That's not quite the case and it should be said that these first estimates of economic growth are based on skimpy data. But private forecasters cautioned that the April-June pace is unsustainable because it stems from temporary factors.
Elsewhere, Darroch wouldn't be drawn on discussing the Disney-Fox-Comcast bid process but did say that he believes Sky's "culture of success" make it a great fit for any owner. They were up marginally at 1,508 pence at 0840 GMT.
"These numbers and a bullish plan for further aggressive growth in the current financial year are clearly presented to squeeze the maximum from potential buyers", he said.
USA cable group Comcast said on July 19 that it does not intend to pursue its interest in certain media assets of Twenty-First Century Fox, which Fox has agreed to sell to Walt Disney for $71 billion in cash and stock.
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Darroch, in the top job since 2007, said it was too early to say whether he would stay with the pan-European group after it is sold.
"This business has got really good momentum in it so whatever the future holds for any of us, Sky is in a good place", he added.
Sky posted double-digit earnings growth earlier on Thursday as it added another 500,000 customers, underscoring why Comcast is battling Fox to acquire a majority stake in the company.
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Authorities said they would use an unmanned drone from the United States to monitor and track any suspicious activity. About 500 homes were destroyed, and the fire brigade said there were closed-up homes that had not yet been checked.