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Shell sees profits soar

 

 

January 28 2018, 12:01am

Royal Dutch Shell is forecast to have doubled its annual profits thanks to a resurgent oil price.

Brent crude has soared by 55% since June to more than $70 a barrel last week — a level not seen since the 2014 crash.

The surge is expected to have lifted Shell’s earnings from $7.2bn to $15.7bn last year, according to a consensus of analysts’ forecasts published ahead of this week’s results.

The Anglo-Dutch giant has been cutting costs and reducing debt levels after its 2015 takeover of smaller FTSE 100 rival BG. Last year it sold a large chunk of its North Sea oil fields to private equity-backed Chrysaor for as much as £3bn.

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