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Berkshire Hathaway profit falls as insurance underwriting declines

Aug 3 (Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Saturday said its quarterly operating profit fell, as the conglomerate run by billionaire Warren Buffett reported less income from insurance underwriting.

Second-quarter operating profit declined 11% to $6.14 billion from $6.89 billion a year earlier.

Berkshire also said quarterly net income rose 17%, reflecting larger gains from investments than a year earlier.

Net income rose to $14.07 billion, or $8,608 per Class A share, from $12.01 billion, or $7,301 per Class A share, a year earlier. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Hugh Lawson)