Exxon quarterly profit up slightly

April 25 Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:15am EDT

April 25(Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp's quarterly profit edged up, as the world's largest publicly traded oil company's results were helped by higher earnings in its chemicals business.

Profit in the first quarter was $9.5 billion, or $2.12 per share compared with $9.45 billion, or $2.00 per share a year earlier, the company reported on Thursday.

Exxon's total oil and natural gas production declined 3.5 percent from the same quarter a year ago.