Record crude oil prices have helped French oil giant Total report a record 12.58bn euros
Record crude oil prices have helped French oil giant Total get a record 12.58bn euros net profit in 2006.
The earnings, up 5% on the previous year, were buoyed by crude reaching more than $78 a barrel in mid-July.
Its fourth quarter results compare with an 11% rise in profits at Royal Dutch Shell, a 12% slump at BP and a 4.3% dip at Exxon Mobil.
Total reported overall sales in the year of 153.8bn euros, 12% higher than in 2005.