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Poor sugar production sours A&B profit

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Difficulties producing and shipping sugar pulled down net income for Alexander & Baldwin Inc. in the third quarter, the company announced today.

Honolulu-based A&B reported a $7 million profit in the three months ended Sept. 30, down 34 percent from a $10.8 million profit in the same period last year.

Revenue slipped 6 percent to $144.7 million from $153.4 million in the same period.

The company said its divisions outside farming — real estate leasing and development as well as asphalt paving — performed well. But agribusiness operations, mainly represented by the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. on Maui, suffered a $9 million operating loss.

“With the exception of our agribusiness segment, operating performance in the third quarter was solid,” Stan Kuriyama, A&B chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

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