Drop in global oil price hurts profit at French oil company Total

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PARIS — French oil company Total SA says its earnings dropped in the third quarter due to the falling global price of oil.

Total said Wednesday that its replacement cost profit, a key gauge of earnings for oil companies, slid 2 percent to $3.56 billion in the three months to September from $3.63 billion in the same period a year earlier.

Total's oil and gas production slumped 8 percent in the quarter to 2.122 million barrels a day, which the company blamed on the expiration of a license in the United Arab Emirates and a natural decline of older wells. The company recently cut its 2015 production target to 2.3 million barrels a day, down from its prior target of 2.6 million barrels a day.

The price of international crude oil has fallen $28 in the past four months to around $86 a barrel.

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