Union Pacific profits up 15 percent in 3rd quarter

Oct 18, 2012

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific says its third-quarter profit soared 15 percent as price increases and more automotive and chemical shipments helped the railroad offset a 12 percent drop in coal shipments.

The railroad reported $1 billion in net income, or $2.19 per share. That's up from $904 million, or $1.85 per share, a year ago.

Union Pacific, based in Omaha, said Thursday that revenue grew 5 percent to $5.34 billion from last year's $5.1 billion.

Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected Union Pacific to report earnings per share of $2.18 on sales of $5.38 billion.

Declining coal volumes has been a challenge for the major freight railroads all year. Union Pacific says its total shipment volume declined only slightly because of increases in automotive, chemical and intermodal shipments.

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