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Sky continued to grow its home broadband customer base during the third quarter of 2014, achieving a net gain of 75,000 subscribers.

The broadband provider - which delivers broadband services via BT's wholesale network - had a total of 5.322 million internet users at the end of September. This was up from 5.247 million in June 2014.

Sky has 305,000 more broadband subscribers than 12 months ago, when 5.017 million people were using the service.

The firm also saw an increase in the number of people taking its home phone service in the third quarter of the year. This increased from 4.982 million to 5.087 million between July and September.

A year ago, there were just 4.652 million people signed up to Sky Talk.

In terms of TV services, Sky has 10.732 million subscribers at the end of Q3 2014, up from 10.686 million three months earlier and 10.459 million in Q3 2013.

Over a third of the firm's customers (37 per cent) now take all three services - internet, phone and TV - from Sky as part of a broadband bundle.

This has helped average revenue per customer rise by £17 on the year, from £559 per annum to £576.

Sky's Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch said the company had performed "strongly" during the quarter, and is starting to see returns coming through after a year of investment.

He noted that the service provider has achieved top-line growth of six per cent in the last 12 months, which translates into an 11 per cent increase in profits.

"This strong financial performance was fuelled by continued operating momentum," he stated.

"We are seeing broad customer demand for our products whilst opening up new revenue opportunities."

Mr Darroch explained that, in total, the firm added 760,000 new paid-for products during the third quarter of the year, across its broadband, phone and TV businesses.

He said Sky is delivering against a clear strategy for growth in its existing business and, as such, there is plenty of reason to be optimistic for the coming months.

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