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Cargill 4Q Earnings Soar
Wed Aug 7, 2013 09:33 AM CDT

(Dow Jones) -- Cargill Inc.'s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings soared on strength in its grain-handling and food-ingredients businesses, as the company overcame the lingering effects of a historic U.S. drought.

The privately held company reported fourth-quarter earnings of $483 million in the quarter ended May 31, up from $73 million a year ago. The results capped a fiscal year in which earnings nearly doubled.

The biggest contributor to the earnings jump was Cargill's origination and processing segment, which includes trading and processing of agricultural commodities ranging from soybeans to sugar. One of the world's largest grain traders and meat processors, Cargill ...

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