October 25, 2012 / 9:15 AM / 5 years ago

CORRECTED-Nexen profit falls 71 percent

(Corrects headline and first paragraph to show profit fell 71 percent, not 85 percent)

Oct 25 (Reuters) - Canadian oil and gas producer Nexen Inc , target of a $15.1 billion takeover bid by China's CNOOC Ltd, reported a 71 percent fall in third-quarter earnings.

Earnings fell to C$59 million, or 11 Canadian cents per share, from C$200 million, or 32 Canadian cents per share, a year earlier. Net sales rose about 7 percent to C$1.5 billion.

Reporting By Vrinda Manocha in Bangalore; Editing by Ted Kerr

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