Lufthansa Group overcame the effect of soaring fuel prices that added €843 million to expenses, along with tough competition from European low-fare airlines, as it reported net earnings for 2005 of €453 million ($547 million), up 12.1% over earnings of €404 million in 2004. The company is proposing to return half of its 2005 profit to shareholders in the form of a 50 euro cent per share dividend, up from the 30 euro cent dividend paid out last year. Operating profit for ...

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