February 19, 2019 / 10:35 PM / 6 months ago

Australia's Fortescue logs 5 pct drop in H1 profit as demand weakens

Feb 20 (Reuters) - Fortescue Metals Group said on Wednesday its half-year profit fell 5 percent as higher prices and production were offset by weaker demand from China, its main market.

Net profit for the six months to Dec. 31 came in at $644 million, compared with $681 million a year ago, the world’s fourth largest iron ore miner said in a statement. The figure was higher than a UBS estimate of $543 million.

The company declared an interim dividend of A$0.19 per share and a special dividend of A$0.11 per share.

Reporting by Nikhil Kurian Nainan and Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie Adler

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