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Weapons maker Northrop's quarterly profit rises 6.8 percent

July 26 (Reuters) - Northrop Grumman Corp, the maker of Global Hawk surveillance planes, reported a 6.8 percent rise in quarterly profit on Wednesday, driven by strong demand for its manned aircraft.

Net earnings rose to $552 million, or $3.15 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $517 million, or $2.85 per share, a year earlier.

Total sales rose 6.3 percent to $6.38 billion. (Reporting by Sweta Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Martina D'Couto)