Bouygues reports 14 percent profit gain

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Diversified French group Bouygues, active in construction, real estate, media and telecommunications, on Tuesday reported a 14 percent first quarter profit gain.

Net earnings in the period came to 181 million euros (222 million dollars) but operating profit slipped 2.0 percent from a year earlier to 162 million euros, it said.

Sales in the first three months came to 6.44 billion euros, down 2.0 percent.

© 2010 AFP

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