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Bad road conditions and extreme weather in the UK have contributed to a drop in profits at the AA.

The motorists' organisation - which has increased investment into its services - saw its pre-tax profit decline 65% to £28m for the first six months of 2018.

AA boss Simon Breakwell said the severe winter caused a "pothole epidemic", which led to breakdown callouts hitting a 15-year high.

Shares in the company fell more than 12% in London on the news.

The firm had previously warned that drivers and insurers were losing £1m a month repairing damage caused by potholes.

AA shares fell sharply in February, after it warned that its full-year profit would fall short of analysts' expectations.

Despite the fall in half-year profits, AA said it was still on track to deliver on the renewed guidance.

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An unusually high number of breakdowns this year has driven up costs for AA.

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