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Rio Tinto (RIO): 2012 net loss $3B vs profit of $5.8B a year earlier and consensus of $4B. First...

Rio Tinto (RIO): 2012 net loss $3B vs profit of $5.8B a year earlier and consensus of $4B. First loss in at least 21 years. Underlying profit -40% to $9.3B vs forecasts of $9.1B. Revenue $50.97B vs $60.54B. Loss due to impairment charge of $14.4B, mainly related to aluminum operations and coal assets in Mozambique. Ups annual dividend 15% to $1.67/share. (PR)
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