PARIS Feb 27 Bouygues said on Wednesday that 2012 net profit slumped 41 percent to 633 million euros ($827 million), reflecting a tough mobile telecoms market and a challenging economy.
The French construction-to-telecom conglomerate, however, said 2012 sales exceeded its initial target, rising 3 percent to 33.5 billion euros, compared with a Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S analyst poll average of 33.3 billion. ($1 = 0.7649 euros) (Reporting by Elena Berton; Editing by James Regan)
Morton County sheriff defends tactics against pipeline protesters
CANNON BALL, N.D., Dec 4 The sheriff of the North Dakota county where thousands of people are protesting a controversial pipeline project defended police tactics after they used water hoses and rubber bullets in a late November confrontation.
UPDATE 1-Saudi, Kuwait expect to restart Neutral Zone oilfields soon -sources
DUBAI, Dec 4 Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are expected to agree this month to resume oil production from the jointly operated oilfields in the Neutral Zone that lies between both countries, industry sources told Reuters on Sunday.