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OSAKA (Kyodo) Hanshin Electric Railway Co. said Tuesday its group net profit in the first nine months of fiscal 2005 shot up 23.0 percent to 6.98 billion yen due in part to its Hanshin Tigers professional baseball club’s winning the 2005 Central League pennant.

In its earnings report for the April-December period, the Osaka-based railway that also has department store and real estate businesses said its pretax profit surged 29.3 percent to 19.29 billion yen on a 5.6 percent rise in operating revenue to 225.74 billion yen.

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