A spate of celebrity surrogacy births has boosted Siemens' profits beyond forecasts.
The German company announced that first-quarter profits rose 17 per cent, to 1.79 euros. Revenues were up 12 per cent to 19.49 euros.
EIF News & Features business correspondent Jeremy Clodhopper said: "Well this is clearly the celeb effect. Elton getting his surrogate baby just before Christmas and Nicole Kidman's recent announcement that she's had a baby by a surrogate mum have obviously boosted the semen market.
"There's always a certain amount of copycat behaviour when celebs do something, so that's what we're witnessing here and this has boosted profits in this case..."
(Oh my God! Where do we find these tossers? Siemens, you utterly dim-witted plonker of a dullard hack! Not bloody semen! You're f*****g fired! ed)