Hit hard by the August terrorist scare and subsequent security measures, British Airways took a slight step backward after three consecutive quarters of rising profits, posting net earnings of £168 million ($320.5 million) in the fiscal second quarter ended Sept. 30, down 1.8% from a £171 million profit in the year-ago quarter. BA estimated that the combined cost of the security disruption was £100 million. It also incurred a one-off writedown of £106 million related to ...

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