July 28, 2011, 3:06 a.m. EDT
By Alexis Flynn
LONDON -(MarketWatch)- Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) Thursday posted a 56% rise in adjusted profit for the second quarter, buoyed by higher oil prices and the first contributions from its recently delivered flagship projects in Canada and Qatar.
“Our second quarter 2011 earnings were higher than year-ago levels, driven by increased energy prices and Shell’s operating performance,” said Chief Executive Peter Voser.
The Anglo-Dutch energy company said the clean current cost of supplies, a keenly-watched figure that strips out gains or losses from inventories and other non-operating items, was $6.55 billion in the three months ended June 30, compared with $4.20 billion in the second quarter of 2010. This was roughly in line with expectations of $6.54 billion in a Dow Jones Newswires poll of twelve analysts.