July 26(Reuters) - Chemicals and seeds producer DuPont reported an 8.5 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by lower costs.
Net income attributable to the company rose to $1.02 billion, or $1.16 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $940 million, or $1.03 per share, a year earlier.
Net sales fell 0.8 percent to $7.06 billion, the company said on Tuesday.
DuPont is merging with Dow Chemical Co in an all-stock deal - a first step toward breaking up the combined company into three separate businesses focused on agriculture, material science and specialty products. (Reporting by Swetha Gopinath in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)