UPDATE 2-Fertilizer dealer Agrium profit beats Street estimates

Wed Aug 6, 2014 9:11pm EDT
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* Q2 adj. profit $4.37/share vs estimates of $4.11/share

* Shares rise 2 pct

* Q2 sales up 6 pct to $7.34 billion

* Q2 retail sales up 15 pct (Adds background on halting production, share movement)

Aug 6 (Reuters) - Canadian fertilizer and farm retail dealer Agrium Inc's second-quarter profit beat Wall Street estimates as it gained from the inclusion of sales from Viterra Inc's retail centers.

Agrium's U.S.-listed shares rose 2 percent to $94 in after-hours trading.

Agrium completed the acquisition of Viterra's assets in Canada in October and acquired 13 locations in Australia in June.

The biggest U.S. retail seller of fertilizer, chemicals and seed reported a 15 percent increase in retail sales to farmers to $6.4 billion in the second quarter.

Excluding one-time items, second-quarter profit was $4.37 per share, above analysts' estimates of $4.11 a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.   Continued...