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Mitie (MTO) missed out on the government's prison outsourcing contracts earlier in the month, but first-half underlying pre-tax profit still grew 1.9 per cent year-on-year to £48.8m - in line with analysts' expectations. Moreover, a 4.7 per cent rise in the order book, to £9bn, means 98 per cent of the current year's revenues have already been secured, with 72 per cent secured for 2013-14.