Praxair profit falls on lower sales in Europe, South America

Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:22am EST

Jan 23 (Reuters) - Praxair Inc, the largest industrial gas supplier in the Americas, reported a slightly lower quarterly profit as weak sales in Europe and South America offset strong sales in Asia.

Profit for the fourth quarter fell to $414 million, or $1.40 cents per share, from $420 million, or $1.40 per share, a year earlier.

Revenue rose marginally to $2.8 billion.