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US Airways Q2 Profits Drop 6 Percent Prior to Pending American Merger

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The $19 million drop in Q2 profits is tax-related, but these financial results hardly show evidence of much momentum as US Airways heads into its merger with American Airlines, which is expected to be approved by the end of September.

— Samantha Shankman

US Airways says second-quarter profit fell 6 percent from last year, but still beat Wall Street expectations heading into its merger with American Airlines.

US Airways Group Inc. said Wednesday that net income was $287 million, or $1.40 per share, in the April-June quarter. That’s down from $306 million, or $1.54 per share, a year ago. The company blamed an $85 million income tax provision that it didn’t face last year.

Excluding merger and debt-retirement costs, US Airways says it would’ve earned $1.58 per share. That tops the $1.52 per share that analysts were expecting.

Revenue is up 3 percent to $3.87 billion.

US Airways and American plan to close their merger by the end of September and create the world’s biggest airline, which will keep the American name.

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