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JOHANNESBURG - Exxaro Resources said on Thursday half-year profit rose 8 percent boosted by a strong performance in its core coal business.

Diluted headline earnings per share (HEPS) rose to 953 cents for the six-month period ended 30 June 2018, from 882 cents in the same period last year.

HEPS is the main profit gauge in South Africa and strips out certain one-off items.

Exxaro said net operating profit at its coal segment rose 12 percent to R3.387 billion.