CORRECTED-Schlumberger profit nearly halves as oil spending cuts weigh

Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:08pm EDT
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(Corrects paragraph 2 to say Q1 net profit, not loss, was $501 mln)

April 21 (Reuters) - Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No.1 oilfield services provider, reported a 48.6 percent slump in quarterly profit, as spending cuts by oil producers continued to take a toll.

Net profit attributable to the company was $501 million, or 40 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, compared with a profit of $975 million, or 76 cents per share, a year earlier.

Revenue fell 36 percent to $6.52 billion. (Reporting by Amrutha Gayathri in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza)