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Kuwait’s Zain Q1 profit up

DUBAI: Zain, Kuwait’s No.1 telecom operator by subscribers, reported an 8 percent rise in first-quarter profit on Monday, beating analysts’ estimates.
The former monopoly, which operates in eight countries in the Middle East and Africa, made a net profit of 55.9 million dinars ($198.5 million) in the three months to March 31. It did not provide a year-earlier figure in dinars, but its previous financial statements show it made a profit of 52 million dinars in the first three months of 2013.
Two analysts polled by Reuters forecast Zain would make a quarterly profit of 50 million dinars and 53.3 million dinars respectively.