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Ireland's most popular place to order takeaway has delivered some very tasty numbers

Just Eat’s latest results are in – and the returns are healthy.

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IN A SIGN that consumers’ appetites for quick takeaway orders are only growing, Just Eat just returned some very health figures.

The online delivery-booking service, the most popular platform in Ireland, said its active users had grown from just under 7 million in June last year to 11 million for the same time in 2015.

The online delivery-booking service now has a market value of just under £3 billion (€4.3 billion) after its share price more than doubled over the past year.

In its results for the first half of 2015, the UK-based company also reported a more than 50% jump in its orders, revenue and profits when compared to the same six months in 2014.

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Some of that growth has come from buying up smaller operators in countries like Australia and Mexico, but in a positive sign for the company the buyouts don’t appear to have hurt its profitability.

This map from today’s update shows how Just Eat has successfully carved out a niche in Europe and several other markets:

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However, despite the tidy set of figures, the company still faces stiff competition in Europe from the likes of Germany’s Delivery Hero, which has been on a buying binge since taking nearly €500 million in investment from Rocket Internet.

Even closer to home, UK-based Deliveroo, which uses its own drivers rather than relying on stores to handle their own deliveries, recently raised about €63 million to fuel its expansion a few months after it launched in Ireland.

But earlier this year, the head of Just Eat Ireland, Amanda Roche-Kelly, told us the company wasn’t worried about competition from other services as it considered its main rival to be people ordering direct from food outlets over the phone.

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