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SINGAPORE Feb 28 Singapore-listed commodities
firm Noble Group Ltd reported a 9 percent rise in 2012
net profit as the strong performance in its energy and metals
segments offset the weaker agriculture environment.
The Hong Kong-based company posted net profit of $471
million for the year ended in December, up from $431 million a
year earlier, on the back of record group revenue of $94
Noble is targeting full capacity utilisation for its sugar
mills in 2014, while upcoming harvests in Argentina and other
key South American locations are looking better for its
agricultural business compared to 2012, it said.
(Reporting by Eveline Danubrata)