I am glad to hear you found a solution.
The paging mechanism pages the content after it is rendered, thus gathering the item on a single page is not supported - Understanding Pagination
. The possible column layout are reviewed in the How to: Create Multi-Column Report - Across the Page and Then Down
KB article, where your approach looks similar.
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