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OSLO, July 25 Norwegian oil and gas group
Statoil reported second quarter operating results a
touch below expectations on Thursday and maintained its
guidance, including for both production and exploration
State-controlled Statoil said adjusted operating profit fell
17 percent to 38 billion Norwegian crowns ($6.43 billion),
trailing analysts' expectation for 40.7 billion crowns.
Its total equity production averaged 1.967 million barrels
of oil equivalents per day in the quarter, more than
expectations for 1.92 million barrels.
($1 = 5.9105 Norwegian crowns)
(Reporting by Balazs Koranyi and Victoria Klesty)