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Royal Dutch Shell profits hit during ‘challenging’ 2013

Screen Shot 2014-03-12 at 14.18.21Article published by BBC News 13 March 2014

Royal Dutch Shell had a “challenging year” in 2013 in part due to a deteriorating security situation in Nigeria, the company said.

Profits from refining operations were hit in Asia and Europe by an oversupply of global capacity and lower demand, the company said.

Annual profits at Royal Dutch Shell fell to $16.75bn (£10.05bn), from $27bn in 2012.

Nevertheless, the company said it has “laid firm foundations for the future”.

Several areas of Royal Dutch Shell’s business had operated below their full potential in 2013, chief executive Ben van Beurden said.

“In 2014, we will strive to build on our track record of delivering new projects. And we will continue to use a clear set of strategic themes to guide decisions about investment and technology,” he said.

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