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Russia's Norilsk Nickel says H1 net profit down 19 pct

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MOSCOW, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Russia's Norilsk Nickel, the world's largest nickel and palladium miner, saidon Friday its first-half net profit was down 19 percent,year-on-year, to $1.48 billion.

In September, Norilsk said it expected its first-half netprofit to exceed $1.4 billion.

The company's first-half revenue were also down 19 percentto $5.93 billion, while earnings before interest, taxation,depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) decreased 33 percent to$2.49 billion, it added.

(Reporting by Polina Devitt; Editing by Katya Golubkova)

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