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Oil price rise sets up Shell for big profit

Shell reported underlying profits of $16 billion last yearDANIEL KALISZ/GETTY IMAGES

Emily Gosden, Energy Editor: April 23 2018

Royal Dutch Shell is expected to report its strongest quarterly results since 2014 this week.

Boosted by the rebound in oil prices, the Anglo-Dutch energy company is expected to announce underlying profits of $5.3 billion for the three months up to March, compared with $3.8 billion in the same period last year.

Such a result would be the first time that profits have topped $5 billion since the third quarter of 2014, when crude prices were just beginning to fall below $100 a barrel.

Shell, which reported underlying profits of $16 billion last year, works in more than 70 countries. It recently bought First Utility, the British household electricity supplier, as part of its efforts to diversify, but almost all its profits still come from…

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