Deere profit jumps 79% in fourth quarter

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This Sunday, June 8, 2014, file photo shows John Deere farming equipment at a dealership in Petersburg, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

U.S. tractor maker Deere & Co's profit rose 79 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter, as it sold more farm machinery in overseas markets, particularly in South America.

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Moline, Illinois-based Deere said on Wednesday net income attributable to the company rose to $510.3 million or $1.57 per share in the quarter ended Oct. 29, from $285.3 million or 90 cents per share, a year earlier.

Total equipment sales rose 25.5 percent to $7.09 billion.

(Reporting by Rajesh Kumar Singh and Sanjana Shivdas; editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar)