AA blames snow and potholes for breakdown in profits

By James Sillars, business reporter
The AA has blamed a 65% fall in pre-tax profits on a surge in demand for roadside help during the winter, with call-outs hitting a 15-year high.
It said the number of breakdowns had sharply increased as a result of freezing conditions during the so-called "Beast from the East".
The AA said vehicle failures ramped up costs in the first half of its financial year, as over 1,900 stranded members sought help.It said a "pothole epidemic" had contributed to call-outs - with the poor state of roads in many areas a top complaint among UK businesses.Profits came in at €28m from the six months to July - down from €80m in the same period last year.
AA blames snow and potholes for breakdown in profits

Many vehicles got caught out in the snow and ice over the winter
The AA said total Roadside revenues held up despite an anticipated drop in business and personal memberships due to stronger promotional activity among rivals. Revenue at its insurance division was flat.
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