PT Astra International net EPS up

PT Astra International's net earnings per share rose by 63% to Rp126 in the first quarter.

Other highlights:

- Increased market shares for cars and motorcycles

- Strong recovery in coal prices benefited heavy equipment and mining volumes

- Agribusiness improved with higher CPO prices and production

President director Prijono Sugiarto said: ""Astra saw good performances from most of its businesses in the first quarter of 2017.

"Looking ahead, the Group is expected to benefit from the continued growth in the Indonesian economy, supported by higher commodity prices, although its automotive activities are expected to face increasing price competition."

Jardine Strategic Holdings' 75%-owned subsidiary, Jardine Cycle & Carriage Limited, holds 50.1% of PT Astra International.

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