Just Eat, which handles online orders for takeaways, has reported a 57% rise in its profit after tax for the first six months of the year.

The company, which has operations in 15 countries including Ireland, saw earnings hit £9.4m between January and June compared to £6m in the same period of last year.

That was based on revenues of £107.8m, up 54% on the first six months of 2014.

Just Eat connects online customers to takeaways, allowing them to place orders for delivery through its website or mobile app.

The company was founded in Denmark in 2001 but is now headquartered in London.

In the first six months of this year Just Eat said it had handled 41.9 million orders – compared to 27.5 million between January and June of last year.

Last year Just Eat Ireland alone received over two million orders from its 750,000 active users, the majority of whom used mobile devices.