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Akzo Nobel Q2 core profit jumps 41% as demand offsets rising input prices

July 21 (Reuters) - Dutch paints and coatings maker Akzo Nobel said on Wednesday its second-quarter core profit rose 41% to 335 million euros ($394.3 million) as rising raw material prices were offset by demand and cost cuts.

Analysts polled by the company had expected adjusted operating income to increase to 346.9 million euros from 238 million euros a year earlier.

Akzo Nobel expects to grow at least in line with its relevant markets.

$1 = 0.8495 euros Reporting by Anna Rzhevkina; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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