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Strong Global Demand Boosts Fertilizer Earnings

1:33 PM MST | February 19, 2008 | Nancy Seewald

North American fertilizer companies posted strong fourth-quarter 2007 earnings, driven by increased global demand and high crop prices. Agrium reported net income of $172 million, compared with a net loss of $62 million in the same period of 2006. Agrium cites a $302-million increase in gross profits and a $35-million decline in expenses. Sales rose 58%, to $1.5 billion. The company’s retail business posted a 45% increase in sales, to $555 million, while its wholesale division’s revenues climbed 69%, to $908 million. “Prices for virtually all...

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