China Mobile (Hong Kong) charmed the market with forecast-beating interim results and a promise to pay out 39 per cent of full-year earnings to shareholders. Higher data and voice use by China Mobile's 223.78 million customers fuelled profit growth of 27.7 per cent to 24.04 billion yuan in the first half to June. Revenues leaped 32.5 per cent to 114.54 billion yuan. The company, the world's largest mobile services provider, more than doubled its interim dividend to 45 cents, from 20 cents a year ago, while promising a minimum full-year payout of 39 per cent of net earnings - a dividend yield of 3 per cent, according to an estimate by CLSA. China Mobile acquired 10 provincial networks from its unlisted parent firm in July last year, extending its coverage to all 31 provinces and autonomous regions. Had contributions from the 10 networks been included in last year's interim results, first-half profit this year would have risen just 19.8 per cent.