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Union Pacific Q3 profit up 23% even with flat volume

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Posted at 10:32 AM, Oct 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-21 11:32:17-04

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific hauled in 23% more profit in the third quarter even though the total number of shipments it delivered remained flat overall.

The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad said Thursday that it made $1.67 billion, or $2.57 per share in the quarter. That’s up from $1.36 billion, or $2.01 per share, a year ago when the economy was surging back from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The results beat Wall Street expectations.

The railroad said its revenue grew 13% to $5.57 billion in the quarter as it generated more money in most freight categories except automotive where that industry has been struggling to maintain production amid the ongoing chip shortages.

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