April 30, 2019 / 6:09 AM / in 3 months

BP profits slump but slightly beat forecasts

LONDON, April 30 (Reuters) - BP reported on Tuesday a near 30 percent slump in profits in the first three months of 2019, driven by lower oil and gas prices and weaker refining margins.

The London-based company’s first-quarter underlying replacement cost profit, the company’s definition of net income, came to $2.4 billion, exceeding forecasts of $2.3 billion, according to a company-provided survey of analysts.

That compared with a profit of $2.6 billion a year earlier and $3.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The profits were boosted by stronger results from oil and gas trading operations.

Reporting by Ron Bousso; editing by Jason Neely

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