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J.B. Hunt Reports Record 1Q Income

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4/14/2011 1:00:00 PM

J.B. Hunt Transport Services reported record income for its first quarter, as its trucking, intermodal and dedicated contract services segments all improved.

Net income rose to $50.1 million, or 40 cents a share, from $37.5 million, or 29 cents a share. Revenue jumped to $1 billion, from $845 million, the company said late Wednesday.

The 34% increase in earnings lifted its income to a first-quarter record for the company, CEO John Roberts said in a statement.

Truck segment operating income jumped to $5.8 million, from $600,000 a year ago. Revenue rose 6% to $119 million.

Intermodal operating income rose 32% to $62.6 million, while revenue rose 23% to $577 million.

Dedicated contract services operating income rose 1% to $18.6 million for the quarter, while revenue rose 15% to $238 million.

The carrier also cited higher pricing across its segments, including a 9% increase in trucking rate per loaded mile, excluding fuel surcharges.

J.B. Hunt is ranked No. 8 on the Transport Topics 100 listing of U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.

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