James Hardie Q1 operating profit up 19 pct

MELBOURNE Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:38pm EDT

MELBOURNE Aug 12 (Reuters) - Building materials maker James Hardie Industries reported a 19 percent rise in first quarter net operating profit on Monday, excluding asbestos liabilities, bolstered by higher sales volumes and prices.

Net operating profit rose to $52.0 million for the three months to June 30 from $43.8 million.