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Rhodia Posts a Big Rise in Earnings

4:46 AM MDT | July 28, 2011 | Ian Young

Rhodia posted a more than doubling in second-quarter net profits compared with the same period of last year, to €113 million on sales up 22%, to €1.6 billion. Recurring Ebitda increased 31%, to €297 million and operating profits jumped 49%, to €218 million. Solvay announced plans earlier this year to acquire Rhodia for €3.4 billion. Rhodia's sales increase partly reflects 7% volume growth and an average 16% increase in selling prices. Higher prices also drove earnings growth, offsetting adverse foreign exchange effects as well as...

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