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Oil giants report sharp decline in profits

By Wei Tian ( Updated: 2012-10-31 14:21

China National Petroleum Corp reported one-third less profit in the third quarter from a year before, financial documents from China's largest oil and gas producer and supplier showed on Tuesday.

CNPC has recorded 551.6 billion yuan ($88.4 billion) in revenues by September this year, 3.95 percent more than the same period in 2011, but the 24.9 billion yuan profits in the third quarter have declined by 33.4 percent.

The poor performance in the third quarter extended the overall profit decrease in the first three quarters from 6 percent to nearly 16 percent.

Just two days before CNPC's report was released, another oil Giant, China Petrochemical Corp, also known as Sinopec, reported a net profit of 18.2 billion yuan in the third quarter, which slid 7.5 percent year-on-year.

Related reading: Sinopec net profit falls 9.38% in Q3

Although Sinopec was seeing a smaller decline in profits from the first half of this year, overall net profit at the company still dropped 30 percent in the first three quarters.

Data showed that losses in the oil refining businesses were a major reason for the shrinking profits of the oil giants. Also, an adjustment in oil prices put pressure on profits.

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