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Industries Qatar Q3 Profit Rises 5%, Halting Profit Slide

Industries Qatar Q3 Profit Rises 5%, Halting Profit Slide

The company made a net profit of QAR1.86 billion ($511 million) in the third quarter, up from QAR1.77 billion in the year-earlier period.

Industries Qatar (IQ) reported a five per cent rise in third-quarter net profit on Monday, above analysts’ forecasts, halting a sustained slide in profits.

The Middle East’s second-biggest petrochemicals company by market value after Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) had posted declining profits in the five preceding quarters.

But it made a net profit of QAR1.86 billion ($511 million) in the three months to Sept. 30, Reuters calculated based on financial statements, up from QAR1.77 billion in the year-earlier period.

Analysts polled by Reuters had on average expected the company to make a quarterly profit of QAR1.66 billion.

Petrochemical prices have strengthened in recent years, but worries persist over the impact of a global slowdown on industry earnings in the world’s top oil exporting region.

Industries Qatar, whose other main areas of business include steel manufacture and fertiliser production, made a profit of QAR4.7 billion in the nine months to Sept. 30, down from QAR6.3 billion a year earlier, it said in a statement to Doha’s bourse.

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