Canal Plus' film and television production and distribution division StudioCanal has reported an 11% increase in first-half revenues to Euros144m, mostly due to increased library sales and its consolidation of German film distributor Tobis.

The company, which recently sold European DVD rights (excluding France) to 240 titles to Germany's Kinowelt, said catalogue sales were up by 7%.

Meanwhile Canal Plus' first-half revenues rose 20% to Euros1.86bn, up from Euros1.55bn during the same period last year, mostly due to an increase in subscription sales, up 13.7% to Euros1.45bn.

In addition, Canal Plus' main shareholder Vivendi - which is to buy the 51% stake it does not already own in the pay-TV group as part of its impending merger with Seagram - has announced a 9% increase in first half revenues, to Euros19.4bn.

Vivendi's media and communications division (Vivendi Communications) saw interim revenues leap 68% to Euros6bn while sales at Vivendi's utilities unit (Vivendi Environment) rose 41% to Euros12.1bn.