Nov 12 (Reuters) - Linde plc, the world's largest supplier of industrial gases, on Tuesday raised its annual earnings per share (EPS) growth forecast for the third time this year to 17-18%.
The supplier of gases such as oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen to factories and hospitals expects adjusted pro forma EPS growth of between $7.25 and $7.30, up from previous guidance of $6.95 to $7.18.
Analysts expect growth of nearly 15% or $7.12, I/B/E/S Refinitiv data shows.
Linde's third-quarter adjusted pro forma EPS of $1.94 beat expectations while sales of $7.00 billion were slightly below expectations of $7.12 billion.
(Reporting by Piotr Lipinski in Gdansk; editing by Jason Neely)