Russia Post has requested An Post to recommend that customers sending packets to the Russian Federation do so as registered items. This is intended to expedite customs clearance of inbound packets. Also to ensure the safety of contents and to enable their tracking, tracing and delivery.
Dublin 19/07/2012 - An Post today (Thursday) celebrated Ireland’s participation in the 2012 London Olympics with a duo of stamps.
Dublin, 4th July, 2012: The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D., has unveiled two new 55c stamps marking two Significant Science Milestones: Dublin City of Science 2012 and the 350th anniversary of the formulation of Boyle’s Law.
Dublin, Wednesday June 27th, 2012: Dublin Firefighters gathered at the GPO today to unveil four new ‘action picture’ stamps celebrating the 150th anniversary of Dublin Fire Brigade.
Dublin, Tuesday 19th June, 2012: Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte T.D. today announced that every home in the country will receive a Digital TV Switchover Information booklet as part of the Department’s efforts to ensure that no one gets left behind when the analogue TV network in Ireland is switched off on Wednesday 24th October.
14th June 2012: The world is on its way to Galway as one of the premier sporting events, the Volvo Ocean Race, reaches these shores. An Post today (Thursday) celebrates that event with a nautically themed two stamp set.
6th June, 2012: An Post will issue two special stamps tomorrow (Thursday) to celebrate the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 being held in Dublin from June 10th – 17th this year.
May 9th, 2012: Pictured at the opening of Irish Wild Flowers, an exhibition of original stamp art by renowned botanical artist Susan Sex, commissioned by An Post for the 6th series of Irish Definitive Stamps first issued in September 2004 are:
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An Post has produced four stamps commemorating the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
21st March, 2012: Four new Irish postage stamps celebrating Irish Contemporary Dance were unveiled at the GPO today, where details of the Dublin Dance Festival 2012 programme was also announced.
9th March, 2012: An Post and Renault Ireland are joining forces in Ireland’s first ever on-the-road trial of electrically powered post vans.
February 10, 2012: A new An Post stamp marking Ireland’s Chairmanship-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) was presented by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon in New York yesterday.
Brussels, 9th February 2012: The line-up for the 2012 An Post sponsored Sean Kelly Cycling team was revealed in Brussels today, with an eighteen man team announced, including ten new signings.
The 2012 An Post Rás route, the sixtieth anniversary of the race, was announced this morning at the GPO. Laying out a battleground that features 28 categorised climbs, including three of the hardest and best-known ascents in the country, the race looks certain to provide riders with a challenging eight days of racing.
More than 25 million household bills will be paid across the post office counter or online this year as An Post rolls out its new online bill payment and budgeting service for customers - mybills.ie.
Well-known RTÉ presenters Anne Doyle, Emma O’Driscoll and Gay Byrne adorn three new 55c stamps issued by An Post today to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first RTÉ television broadcast.
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011: A commemorative stamp celebrating the birth centenary of writer and columnist Brian O’Nolan (1911–1966) was unveiled by his brother, artist Michael O’Nuallain, whose portrait adorns the new 55c stamp.
Dublin September 26, 2011: Growmybusiness.ie is An Post’s new, free, online resource to help Irish SMEs increase turnover by working with existing customers and attracting new ones. It provides practical, affordable, effective guidance for commercial success in the current economic environment.
Meath: September 20, 2011: Top international golfers Suzann Pettersen (Europe) and Michelle Wie (America) today unveiled a new 55c stamp on which they both mark Ireland’s first hosting of The Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle, Co Meath this week.
1 September, 2011: Four new 55c stamps celebrating The Irish Horse were issued by An Post today (Thursday, September 1, 2011). They feature paintings by Peter Curling, Ireland’s leading equestrian artist, of four common Irish horse breeds - The Thoroughbred, the Connemara Pony, the Coloured Horse and the Irish Draught Horse.
Figures released today by ComReg indicated that 84 per cent of domestic mail posted in Ireland to addresses within the State was delivered on the next working day between April and June this year.
Ireland’s pursuit of alternative energy sources is celebrated today (Friday) as An Post releases a set of five stamps celebrating renewable energy technologies.
Dublin, 14th July: The overall leader's classification jersey of this year's An Post Rás na mBan, Ireland’s premier international women’s cycling race, was launched in Dublin today.
Former Death Row prisoners Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle officially unveil new stamp at the GPO
An Post celebrates six of the best today with the launch of a stamp series themed around Ireland’s National Parks.
85 per cent of letters posted in Ireland to addresses within the State was delivered on the next working day between January and March, according to ComReg’s latest quality monitor results. This compares with 84 per cent for the same period last year and 83 percent in 2009.
An Post is celebrating 2011 Year of Craft with the issue of five new 55c stamps today (Thursday, May 12, 2011).
The new roll of honour for Irish DM legends was revealed at the An Post Direct Marketing Awards in Dublin this week (Thursday night, 5th May).
Minister Ring unveils Irish Amateur Boxing Association Centenary Stamps.
Republic of Ireland and Reading striker, Shane Long, today launched the 2011 An Post FAI Summer Soccer Schools. One week on from his Man of the Match performance against Uruguay, the championship’s form player joined Megan Campbell, from the Irish U17 World Cup Squad, at Homefarm to kick off this year’s camps. The 5 day camps will see up to 23,000 children from all over Ireland participating at over 300 venues nationwide.
An Post confirms that a serious incident took place overnight involving a senior manager and his family. Everyone is safe. The matter is in the hands of the Gardai.
An Post is supporting the National Consumer Agency's scams awareness campaign, to help consumers to become more scam savvy.
An Post is now selling Sterling and US Dollars at more than 200 post offices nationwide. The new service is commission-free and offers highly competitive exchange rates at post offices in all main cities and towns across the country.
An Post and The National Women’s Council of Ireland are joining forces to celebrate the Centenary of International Women’s Day on March 8th with the issue of two new stamps and a series of specially commissioned postcards, all unveiled at the GPO today.
The centenary of the birth of Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, 5th President of Ireland has been celebrated today with the release, by An Post, of a commemorative stamp.
GPO, Dublin, 7th February: The 2011 An Post Rás route, which was announced earlier today at the GPO looks certain to provide a challenging test to its riders. The route covers 1247 kilometres over eight days with 28 categorised climbs, three of which are first category ascents.
A new postage stamp celebrating the 50th anniversary of the American Chamber of Commerce, Ireland was issued today by An Post.
An Post customers are warned to be on their guard against the latest "undelivered package" malware which is now in circulation.
GPO, Dublin, Monday January 3rd, 2011: An Post’s 6,000 postal staff took delivery of their new-look uniforms over the New Year break and will step out tomorrow in modern work-wear designed to keep them warm, comfortable and looking smart, whatever the weather.
Temporary additional security measures introduced by the United States Homeland Security Agency have been extended until 7 February 2011. As a result, mail weighing over 500g for delivery to the USA may experience some delays.
Tory island Post office has gone ‘online’ becoming the last post office in the country to join An Post’s computerised network.
Due to temporary additional security measures taken by the United States Homeland Security Agency, mail destined for the United States and weighing more than 450g may be subject to short delays.
An Post regrets to inform customers that due to a tightening of airline security following recent incidents involving improvised explosive devices it is no longer possible to accept ink or toner cartridges for international destinations.
New location, new look, new services – it’s all new for An Post as they celebrate the opening of Swords Post Office opening today Monday (November 8th).
An Post has put the ‘i’ back into mail with a newly launched iPhone App which brings post and post offices to your fingertips.
An Post and Chilean Post Office jointly issue Irish-designed stamps
Over 600 leading Irish and international brands had a big boost this week with the Online Shopping Directory from An Post getting a new name and a new look.
There may be some delays in mail to and from France over the coming days due to a one-day General Strike (Tuesday, October 19).
One hundred years of keeping Irish motorists ‘on the road’ is celebrated today by An Post with a new 55c stamp celebrating the centenary of AA Ireland.
GPO, Dublin, 27thSeptember: An Post is the new sponsor of the “Rás”. The event will be known as the “An Post Rás” from 2011 onwards with the sponsorship continuing for at least three years.
A set of stamps unveiled by An Post today celebrates the golden era when the Showband was king.
An Post has been awarded a National Chambers Ireland Award for Corporate Social Responsibility for their support of ‘Leaders'’, a photographic exhibition compiled by the Trinity College Dublin Immigration Initiative Migrant Networks.
A major new TV advertising campaign that encourages adults to ‘take the first step’ to improve their reading, writing and maths skills was launched today, Monday 6 September, in Dublin. It is sponsored by An Post.
Take a Polish-born master of miniature, his adopted Swedish homeland and one of the world’s great love stories and all that adds up to a very special event being celebrated by An Post today, Thursday 26th August.
Irish Birds of Prey feature on a new set of stamps launched by An Post today.
"As an Irishman, having your name on a stamp is one of the greatest honours to be bestowed on anyone. This stamp series reflects the future of a new Ireland invoking its heritage of fashion flair and its new youthful energy" – Paul Costelloe
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International Humanitarians is the theme for An Post’s new stamp series featuring Henry Dunant (1828 - 1910), founder of the International Red Cross and Blessed (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta (1910 – 1997).
84 per cent of letters posted in Ireland to addresses within the State was delivered on the next working day between January and March, according to ComReg’s latest quality monitor results. This compares with 83 per cent for the same period last year and consolidates the performance for 2009 as a whole.
An Post’s Mail Media Unit ‘s “Open your Mind (to the power of Direct Mail)” campaign featuring Ireland’s best known mentalist Keith Barry scooped ‘Best Use of Digital Media’ at the recent 2010 APMC (Association of Promotional Marketing Consultants) Star Awards.
An Post regrets to inform customers that due to ongoing industrial action in the Passport Service, it is no longer possible to provide any guarantee regarding the turnaround time for the Passport Express service.
Republic of Ireland and Wolves striker, Kevin Doyle, today launched the 2010 An Post FAI Summer Soccer Schools. The 5 day camps will see up to 20,000 children from all over Ireland participating at over 270 venues nationwide.
An Post’s new stamp celebrating the Centenary of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA) was unveiled at the GPO today by ICA National President, Anne Maria Dennison and An Post Chief Executive, Donal Connell.
Postbank joint venture shareholders, An Post and BNP Paribas have taken the decision to continue the joint venture until the end of 2010 but not beyond that date.
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan TD, joined cycling legend Sean Kelly (An Post Cycle Series Ambassador), and his daughter Stacey for an early morning bike ride to officially launch the 2010 An Post Cycle Series.
An Post celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Tiger by issuing a new 82c stamp which covers letter postage to any part of the world . The stamp shows an image of a tiger from an 18th century Tibetan-Buddhist painting currently on display at the National Museum of Ireland.
Electronic signatures enabling trustworthy paperless transactions will now become a reality for many Irish businesses thanks to An Post.
An Post has been made aware of the existence of an email, from an as yet unidentified third party, resembling a genuine UPS or DHL message advising recipients that a parcel addressed to them could not be delivered and is available for collection at their local post office.
You can make a donation to the Haiti appeal fund at your local Post Office. Participating charities include Concern, Goal, Trocaire.
An Post commits to 20% carbon cut and 100% Renewable Electricity
85 per cent of mail posted during the July to September period was delivered on the next working day, according to ComReg’s quality of service monitor results, released today, December 8th, 2009.
An Post has taken a majority stakeholding in the Gift Voucher Shop (GVS), the highly successful Irish pre-paid giftcard company, which is now trading across the United Kingdom.
Christmas Posting With less than four weeks to Christmas Day and up to 10million mail items being posted at peak times, An Post wants to ensure that your message is delivered to your loved ones on time. Visit your local post office to stock up on stamps, to post best wishes and gifts back home and abroad, before the last dates of posting.
An Post’s new Online Shopping Directory is one of the most comprehensive lists available of online retailers in Ireland. www.anpost.ie/onlineshopping is a shop window to hundreds of online shops and thousands of great gift ideas. This free service from An Post supports online businesses in Ireland and encourages Irish shoppers to do more online, in order to benefit from the many online shopping offers and promotions now available.
Log On, Learn initiative returns to schools nationwide this October having scooped the ‘Good Neighbour’ Award in the 2009 Chambers Ireland, President’s Awards.
A major new campaign, sponsored by An Post that encourages adults to ‘take the first step’ to improve their reading, writing and maths skills was launched today, Monday 21 September in the GPO.
An Post, the Irish Post Office, has today (Friday) issued a stamp to mark the 400th Anniversary of the Plantation of Ulster. The 55c stamp, issued in Irish and English language versions, features a cartouche or decorated frame which was a feature of maps at the time of the Ulster Plantation.
85 per cent of mail was delivered on the next working day during the April to June period (Q2), according to ComReg’s quality of service monitor results announced today. This represents a two percentage point improvement on the first quarter (83%) and a five percentage point improvement on Q2 last year (80%).
Dublin, August 27th, 2009: A new postage stamp commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Guinness Brewery was unveiled at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin today.
The An Post Sean Kelly team were greeted by a sea of green as they approached Cork City and the daunting Patrick’s Hill climb on today’s final stage of the 2009 Tour of Ireland.
Fans encouraged to show their colours in support of the An Post Sean Kelly cycling team in the Tour of Ireland, Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd AugustIreland’s cycling legend Seán Kelly is calling on natives of towns from Enniskerry to Bandon to get out on the streets this weekend in support of the An Post Seán Kelly team as they saddle up to take on the might of another legend, Lance Armstrong and new boy on the block Mark Cavendish, in the Tour of Ireland.
Cork’s An Post Rebel Tour launches and closing date approaches for the Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford
The Belgium based An Post sponsored Seán Kelly team are back on Irish soil to compete in the three-day 2009 Tour of Ireland, which starts from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Wicklow next Friday (21st August).
O’Loughlin and O’Brien second and third for An Post team
Following a competitive tender process, the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) has awarded a new 10-year contract to the Prize Bond Company Limited, a joint venture between An Post and FEXCO, for the operation of the Prize Bond scheme. The current contract expires at the end of October.
The second of five cycles in the An Post Cycle Series took place in Clare on Saturday 20th June.
An Post is encouraging its male staff to look after their health - and its female staff to persuade the males in their lives to do likewise! To mark European Men’s Health Week (June 15- 22), Male Minder – A guide to Men’s Health for An Post Staff has been posted to over 9,500 employees. In addition, members of the Company’s Occupational Health and Support (OHS) team will visit its larger offices during the week, to promote health awareness.
ComReg reports 83% next day delivery in Quarter 1
‘Leaders', a photographic exhibition which showcases the contribution made by migrant networks in Ireland, opened today, Thursday 28 May at the Buttery Cafe in Trinity College Dublin. The exhibition documents the work and achievements of eighteen individuals and organisations in rights advocacy, gender issues, culture, the media, and religion and highlights how these migrant networks facilitate social, cultural, and political integration in Ireland. The exhibition, which is open to the public until 25 June, is organised by the Trinity Immigration Initiative Migrant Networks Project and supported by An Post.
Crufts champion ‘Homer’, an Irish Glen of Imaal terrier, took time out to admire himself on An Post’s new 55c stamp marking Ireland’s hosting of the European Dog Show in Dublin this bank holiday weekend.
“We all pulled together, and it’s great to be see two of us on the podium” beamed Paidi O’Brien, relaxing in the sunshine of Skerries after a superb final stage by the An Post team which saw them take two jerseys in the 2009 FBD Rás.
Eight secondary school students attended the GPO today to receive their Regional Winners’ prizes for this year’s An Post Education Awards.
Two stamps signal countdown to Green Dragon arrival
An Post has reported a record operating profit of €31.2m for 2008, amounting to 3.7 per cent of turnover. Profit after tax was €33.2m in 2008, the fifth consecutive profitable year for the Group.
A postage stamp marking the founding of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union and its central role in the story of the Irish labour movement was issued by An Post today.
The An Post Sean Kelly team recorded their first stage win of the season at the weekend at the Tour of Extremadura, which helped the team to a top ten finish.
An Post Sean Kelly’s Belgian rider Kenny Lisabeth finished 9th in today’s second stage of the Tour of Extremadura.
A new stamp marking the 150th anniversary of The Irish Times has been issued by An Post. The diamond shaped 55c stamp, designed by Richard Chaney and featuring the famous Irish Times clock which now adorns the entrance to the newspaper’s new premises on Dublin’s Tara Street, was officially unveiled by An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen.
Latest results show further service improvement. An Post welcomes further proof of its ongoing drive to improve figures for next day delivery of domestic mail in 2008.
An Post has been awarded the International Post Corporation (IPC) Certificate for Excellence in the Management and Processing of International Letter Mail - having achieved and maintained a standard of 95 per cent next day delivery for incoming international mail; and 85 per cent for outgoing mail reaching its destination country next day.
The search is on for Killer Ideas in the highly competitive Direct Marketing Sector as the An Post Direct Marketing Awards take place in May with a final call for entries by 08th April.
An Post presents a brand new personalised greeting cards postal service, Greeting Cards Café. The service is now available online and makes staying in touch and marking those special occasions a whole lot easier for everyone.
Mr. Trevor Sargent T.D., Minister for Food and Horticulture, Mairead Lavery, (Agri Aware), Mike Neary (Incredible Edibles Committee) and John Dockrell (IFA) give Postwoman Patricia Dawson a helping hand to load up her van with Incredible Edible packs.
Two An Post websites – TVLicence.ie and GeoDirectory.ie were winners of eGovernment Awards at an awards function in the Four Seasons Hotel, last night.
Primary school kids are raising their eyes to the skies for 2009 International Year of Astronomy. During February and March An Post’s “What’s the Story?” competition is challenging kids to create a space themed story that is out of this world.
The line up for the 2009 An Post sponsored Seán Kelly Cycling team was revealed today, with five new high-profile signings confirmed. Among these is Irish rider David O’Loughlin, recent winner of a bronze medal at the World Cup in Beijing.
A new nationwide initiative bringing Transition Year students and older people together to share computer and life skills goes nationwide in January 2009.
While the year ahead is going to be a tough one for small business, “don’t be afraid of the challenge” is the ‘hang tough’ message from four heavyweight business champions speaking in Croke Park at An Post’s ‘Beat the Downturn’ seminar on Wednesday 4th February. An Post and Irish business will share smart strategies with over 200 small businesses attending on the day.
An Post to sell branded mobile services through An Post outlets nationwide
This contract is central to the maintenance of an extensive post office network throughout the State. An Post very much welcomes this decision by Minister Mary Hanafin and the clarity is brings to the company’s product development plans and strategic investment in the post office of the future.
My great aunt Annie Dunne spent the last few years of her life in a nursing home, on Longford Place in Monkstown. It was just beside where we lived, on Longford Terrace. It was literally a stones throw.
ComReg’s quality of service monitor recorded an 80 per cent next-day delivery rate for the July to September period (3rd quarter), maintaining a three per cent increase on the overall 2007 figure, and a one per cent improvement on the same quarter last year.
"An Post has an unrivalled retail and mails delivery network dedicated to delivering quality services and underpinning the success of local communities,’’ says Donal Connell, Chief Executive of An Post.
Spanish Ambassador to Ireland, Her Excellency Mercedes Rico today launched the first joint stamp issue between Ireland and Spain celebrating popular dances from both countries.
An Post today launched the second phase of their acclaimed Irish Music stamp series celebrating the buoyancy and flair of the Irish music scene. Planxty, De Dannan, The Bothy Band and the Tulla Ceílí Band, four of Irelands’ most renowned and best loved groups are featured in performance on the new stamps.
ComReg’s postal quality of service monitor recorded an 80 per cent next-day delivery rate for the April to June period, a two per cent increase on the first quarter, and up three per cent on the overall 2007 figure.
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Stage 5 the final stage in the Tour of Ireland began on High Street, Killarney finishing on McCurtain Street in Cork with two An Post sprints on McCurtain Street and one in Blarney.
The Irish Paralympic Cycling Squad joined the rest of the Irish Team at Dublin Airport yesterday Sunday 24th August to fly out to Beijing for the Paralympic Games.
Meath man Mark Cassidy is hoping to get back to 100% form in time to make the selection for the Tour of Ireland.
Daniel Fleeman delivered the yellow jersey for the An Post Sean Kelly team following Stage 2 of the Tour of the Pyrenees today.
Robbery on the Road, An Post's exhibition of 19th century Post Office reward notices, has opened at the GPO, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork.
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment, Ms. Mary Coughlan T.D. today, (Tuesday, 15th July 2008) launched ‘Six Steps to Reduce your Mailings’ Carbon Footprint’, direct mail guidelines jointly developed by the Irish Direct Marketing Association (IDMA) and An Post. The guidelines are a practical and informative resource for Irish marketers in the planning and development of environmentally responsible direct mail campaigns.
An Post today issued a series of four stamps paying homage to the creativity of films recently produced in Ireland. The stamps depict a rolling strip of film and are designed by Gospel TM.
The recently announced Irish Paralympic Cycling Squad were on form at this weekends Europa Cup Para-cycling road race and time trial in Segovia Spain.
An Post is bringing a local post office to this year’s Oxegen festival. The Oxegen post office will be at the heart of the Oxegen Village, providing a variety of regular postal and specially customised services to festival goers.
Continuing on from the success of its last major competition in Ireland, the team netted a fine silver medal in the national road race championships held in Midleton on Sunday.
The Green Jersey which will be fought for in the 2008 Tour of Ireland (August 27-31) was unveiled today at Dublin Castle by Minister Martin Cullen T.D., Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism.
A new 55c stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Defence Forces’ involvement in Peacekeeping was unveiled by Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Minister for Defence Willie O’Dea and An Post Chairman, John Fitzgerald as part of a special anniversary event at McKee Barracks, Dublin today.
Newport, Wales: Paralympic Ireland received a major boost with the announcement today that An Post will be supporting their preparation for the Beijing Paralympics.
An Post today issued a stamp to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the TidyTowns Competition. The first National TidyTowns Competition was organised by Bord Fáilte in 1958, encouraging towns and villages all over Ireland to come together to improve their local environment
An Post will be examining the detail of the results closely. Improving our next day delivery service remains our key focus and is at the very heart of An Post’s national quality improvement programme.
Each year, post offices all over Europe issue stamps with a common theme. To tie in with this year's theme of letter writing, An Post has issued two stamps designed by Bold Design, featuring two cartoon illustrations of a boy and girl writing to each other.
Over 15,000 primary school children from all over the country took part in the 2008 An Post Education Awards, What’s the Story? Challenge in which primary classes wrote and illustrated their own story in a choice of genres.
A new 55c stamp commemorates the 90th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster, torpedoed by a German U-boat on October 10th, 1918, one month before the end of World War 1, just 12 miles out from Dun Laoghaire harbour (then Kingstown).
An Post, as Official Partner to the Tour, will sponsor the Green Jersey in this years Tour of Ireland cycling race in association with Fáilte Ireland (August 27-31).
Celebrating the best in Irish Direct Marketing, the 2008 An Post Direct Marketing Awards were presented on a fantastic night at The Mansion House on Thursday 8th May. An Post is delighted to congratulate the winners and those who made the short list in a year with particularly tough competition.
The An Post M Donnelly Grant Thornton team set themselves up for this year's FBD Ras with a successful five days in Spain. When Daniel Lloyd took the overall victory at the Vuelta Extremadura Tour in Moraleja.
Announcing the An Post Education Award 2008 winners.
An Post has achieved a profit of €43.3m (after-tax) for 2007. Operating profit doubled to €29.1m, up from €14.7m in 2006. Reporting a profit for the fourth consecutive year, the company’s year-on-year profit margin almost doubled to 3.3 per cent from 1.8 per cent in 2006.