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Berkshire Profit Slips 3.8% on Insurance, Derivatives

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. reported a 3.8 percent decline in first-quarter profit, as underwriting results declined at insurance businesses and on reduced earnings from Chairman Warren Buffett’s derivatives wagers.

Net income slipped to $4.71 billion, or $2,862 a share, from $4.89 billion, or $2,977, a year earlier, the Omaha, Nebraska-based company said yesterday. The decrease in profit was the first since 2012.