Boeing has posted stronger-than-expected profits and its 2013 forecast assumed no significant financial impact from the grounding of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Boeing’s net income fell to $978m in the fourth quarter, from $1.39bn in the year-ago period when it posted a special tax gain. The aircraft manufacturer reported record fourth-quarter revenue of $22.3 billion and core operating earnings increased by 9 percent to $1.8 billion, driven by strong sales and higher deliveries of commercial airplanes. Full-year 2012 revenue was a record $81.7 billion, with earnings from operations of $6.3 billion and earnings per share of $5.11. “Strong fourth-quarter operating

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