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BG eyes production ramp-ups as profits slump

The UK company's operating profit was down 12% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2012

BG Group is targeting production increases from its megaprojects in Brazil and Australia to help it boost flagging profits. The UK company’s operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2012 was down 12% year-on-year to $1.8 billion, mainly because of lower output from its North Sea and Egypt operations. The company’s profit for the year came in 4% higher than in 2011, to just over $8bn. Revenue and other operating income fell by 5% to $4.8bn in the fourth quarter of 2012, due to fewer liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo deliveries and a 2% decrease in overall production in the period, BG said. The group’s full-year income was just under $19bn, an increase of 7% from 2011.  Increased LNG output

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