WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Ball Corporation (BLL) reported first quarter comparable earnings per share of $0.72 compared to $0.61, a year ago. On average, 16 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report profit per share of $0.67, for the quarter. Analysts' estimates typically exclude special items. Net earnings attributable to Ball Corp. increased to $200 million from $23 million. Earnings per share was $0.60 compared to $0.07.
First quarter sales were $3.1 billion, compared to $2.8 billion, previous year. Analysts expected revenue of $3.1 billion, for the quarter.
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