Delta Air posts higher fourth-quarter profit

Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:40am EST

Jan 21 (Reuters) - U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines Inc reported higher fourth- quarter profit on Tuesday, aided by a big income tax benefit.

Net income came to $8.5 billion, or $9.89 a share, compared with $7 million, or 1 cent a share, a year earlier.

Excluding items such as a non-cash gain of $8 billion, profit was 65 cents a share.