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Barrick posts steep fall in profit on weak gold prices, lower output

An overview of Barrick Gold Corporation's Pueblo Viejo gold mine, one of the world's largest, is seen in Cotui December 11, 2013. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas

April 30 (Reuters) - Barrick Gold Corp , the world's largest gold miner, reported a 90 percent fall in quarterly earnings, hurt by lower gold prices and production.

Net earnings attributable to shareholders fell to $88 million, or 8 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, from $847 million, or 85 cents per share, a year earlier.

Revenue fell about 23 percent to $2.63 billion.

(Reporting by Ashutosh Pandey in Bangalore; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)