German airline Lufthansa has announced a net loss in the first six months which has almost doubled to €206 million ($300 million) from €104 million over the same period a year earlier. Although revenue was up by 11% to €14.1 billion, a change in accounting rules on its fuel hedging, the earthquake in Japan and the political turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East impacted its profitability. Operating profit was also up to €3 million from a loss of €171 million a year earlier.

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