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GAIL India first-quarter profit falls, beats estimates

(Reuters) - State-run gas utility GAIL (India) Ltd posted a 23 percent fall in first-quarter profit on Thursday, but beat analysts' expectations.

Profit came in at 10.26 billion rupees ($160.06 million) for the three months ended June 30, compared with 13.35 billion rupees a year earlier, the company said.

Analysts on average had expected GAIL to post a quarterly profit of 10.18 billion rupees, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Revenue from the company's natural gas transmission services business rose 10 percent to 11.34 billion rupees in the quarter.

($1 = 64.1000 Indian rupees)

(Reporting by Samantha Kareen Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair and Vyas Mohan)