SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co on Tuesday reported a 109% increase in first-quarter profit thanks to a rise in vehicle output as a global chip shortage eased and demand for its high-margin sport-utility vehicles remained strong.
Hyundai reported a net profit of 3.3 trillion won ($2.47 billion) for the January-March period versus a profit of 1.6 trillion won a year earlier.
That compared with a Refinitiv SmartEstimate for first-quarter profit of 2.3 trillion won from 16 analysts.
($1 = 1,336.2400 won)
(Reporting by Heekyong Yang and Joyce Lee; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)
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