News Summary: Southwest lifted by higher fares

News Summary: Higher average fares help Southwest post 1Q profit above Wall Street forecasts

Associated Press

HIGHER FARES: The average one-way fare on Southwest Airlines is now $152.29, up 4 percent from $146.72 a year ago.

REVENUE RISING: Higher average prices helped Southwest boost first-quarter revenue 2 percent, to $4.08 billion.

PROFIT SURPRISE: Southwest's net income fell 40 percent compared with a year ago. But stripping out gains in both years from fuel hedging, Southwest improved over 2012 and earned 7 cents per share, beating analysts' forecast of 2 cents per share.

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