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Air Liquide expects earnings growth in 2021 after full-year beat

Feb 10 (Reuters) - French industrial gases company Air Liquide aims to further increase its operating margin and to deliver recurring net profit in 2021, after reporting better-than-expected full-year sales on Wednesday

The company cited an acceleration in growth in the healthcare and electronics businesses for the sales figures.

The supplier of gases such as oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen to factories and hospitals, said its full-year sales were 20.49 billion euros ($24.84 billion). That is above the average analyst expectations of 20.44 billion euros in a company-provided poll. ($1 = 0.8247 euros) (Reporting by Bartosz Dabrowski in Gdansk; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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