British Gas parent Centrica will stoke public anger over energy firm profits tomorrow when it reveals another jump in annual profits just months after hiking customer bills.
The City is predicting the group's British Gas residential arm will deliver profits of £598 million, up from £544 million in 2011 after last year's colder-than-normal weather provided a boost.
Its results come amid mounting questions over the fairness of energy prices after British Gas increased tariffs by 6% for around 8.5 million households at the end of last year.
Centrica has already sought to head off consumer backlash by flagging up its importance to the UK economy after publishing a report at the weekend claiming it contributes more than £14 billion through taxes, job creation and contracts with small suppliers.
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