Sky has shrugged off a "challenging" consumer climate to post increases in sales and profits.

For the nine months to 31 March, EBITDA was £1.7 billion, up 10 percent on 2017. Like for like revenue increased five percent to £10.1 billion.

There were 38,000 customer additions during the quarter, bringing its base to 22.9 million.

Sky said customers across Europe are now taking 62 million individual subscription services.

In the UK and Ireland, Sky's largest market, 70,000 new customers were added, bringing its base to 13 million customers.

It hailed a fall in churn as it reported a four percent sales increase to £6.67 billion. This was driven by its Sky Q content platform, the continued impact of a 2017 price refresh and content revenues.

EBITDA for the market increased by 14 percent to £1.45 billion.

Its Sky Mobile MVNO added 102,000 customers in the third quarter with its base now sitting at 437,000.

[Read more: BT, Sky pay less to maintain stranglehold on English football]

Revenues in Germany and Austria increased by six percent to £1.52 billion thanks to its highest ever grab of advertising sales, greater customer growth and further penetration of its services.

With the £116 million cost of acquiring Bundesliga rights, EBITDA was £68 million, down slightly on 2017.

However, churn was higher in Q3 with Sky losing 30,000 customers as it shifted away from low ARPU products. It closed Q3 with 5.2 million customers, up 231,000 on last year.

It said it is on the verge of extending its UK customer loyalty programme to the market, as well as launching Sky Q and overhauling its pricing from next month.

It applauded "strong operational progress and financial performance in Italy" with like for like sales up £1.95 billion and EBITDA up 21 percent to £255 million amid a tight rein on costs.

[Read more: TIM teams up with Sky Italy for new content deal]

Customer numbers sat at 4.8 million at the end of March, down 20,000 on 2017.

It said it was making good progress on its mooted fibre network launch in the fourth quarter, which will be its first all-IP service. Sky Q is also set to be launched in the coming months.

There was no mention of 21st Century Fox's ongoing attempts to take over the 60.9 percent of Sky that it does not own.

CEO Jeremy Darroch said: "Looking ahead, we have the right strategy and abilities in place to provide customers with the best content, products and service. Whilst we expect the consumer environment to remain challenging, the business is in good shape and we remain on track for the full year.”

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