A Union Pacific rail car is parked at a Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) train yard in Seattle, Washington, U.S., February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren/File Photo

July 22 (Reuters) – Top U.S. railroad operator Union Pacific Corp (UNP.N) reported a 59% jump in its quarterly profit on Thursday, as it shipped more industrial chemicals, metals, petroleum, and liquefied petroleum gas.

The company’s net income for the second quarter, that ended on June 30, rose to $1.798 billion from $1.13 billion a year ago.

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Union Pacific, the largest U.S. railroad operator by market value, also said its second-quarter volumes increased 22%.

The company’s revenue rose 29.7% to $5.504 billion from $4.24 billion a year ago, while operating ratio — a key profitability metric — improved to 55.1% from 61%.

Reporting by Abhijith Ganapavaram in Bengaluru; Editing by Anshuman Daga and Uttaresh.V

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