FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BASF
"Our business performance was robust in the third quarter of 2013," Chief Executive Kurt Bock said on Friday.
Third-quarter earnings before interest and tax (EBIT), adjusted for one-off items, rose 15 percent to almost 1.7 billion euros (1.45 billion pounds), more than the 1.63 billion euro average estimate in a Reuters poll of analysts.
BASF said that despite economic uncertainty and negative currency effects it was still aiming to exceed 2012 levels of sales and adjusted EBIT.(Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Marilyn Gerlach)