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CSX 4Q profit down 5 per cent but railroad hauled more freight as economy improved

FILE - This July 15, 2013 file photo shows a CSX logo on a train car in Nashville, Tenn. CSX Corp. reports quarterly financial results after the market closes on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
January 15, 2014 - 1:45 PM

OMAHA, Neb. - CSX railroad's fourth-quarter profit declined 5 per cent as coal demand remained weak, but the volumes it hauled grew as the economy improved.

CEO Michael Ward says the railroad expects the economy to continue growing and is ready to take advantage of that growth.

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based railroad said Wednesday that it earned $426 million, or 42 cents per share, in the last three months of 2013. That's down from $449 million, or 44 cents per share. The 2012 quarter included a one-time real estate gain of $57 million, or 6 cents per share.

Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected CSX to report earnings of 43 cents per share.

CSX revenue grew 5 per cent to $3 billion, roughly what Wall Street predicted.

Shares are down 3 per cent to $28.35 in after-hours trading.

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