Exxon Mobil profits from higher oil prices

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Driver filling up his truck with petrol at a Mobil filling station in Los Angeles
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Exxon is benefiting from higher oil prices, which are also increasing the cost of petrol for drivers

Exxon Mobil has seen its latest quarterly profits jump 55% after it benefited from higher oil prices and increased production.

The world's largest oil company made a net profit of $7.35bn (£4.6bn) in the three months to 30 September, up from $4.73bn for the same period in 2009.

Its revenues totalled $95.3bn, up 16% from a year before.

Exxon's results come on the same day that Anglo-Dutch oil group Shell reported profits of $3.5bn, up 17%.

The latest profits from Exxon beat market expectations.

Exxon chairman Rex Tillerson said the firm's oil production levels were 20% higher than a year ago.

He added that the strong results had come despite "continuing economic uncertainty".

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