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Shell reports $2.81 billion loss in 4Q

International Herald Tribune

The Associated Press

Published: January 29, 2009

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe’s largest oil company, has reported a $2.81 billion net loss for the fourth quarter as the price of oil fell sharply and it wrote down the value of its inventory.

The company had $8.47 billion in net profit in the same period a year earlier.

The company said Thursday sales fell 24 percent to $81.1 billion. Crude production was down less than one percent to 3.42 million barrels per day, but Shell’s selling price fell 29 percent to $58.40 as the global economic slowdown hit demand.

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