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In the second quarter, BNSF Railway Co. ratcheted up revenue and income, ratcheted down operating ratio in 2Q's total revenue rose 5 percent to $5.3 billion, operating income jumped 13 percent to $1.6 billion, net income climbed 12 percent to $884 million and operating ratio improved 1.3 points to 69.8 compared with second-quarter 2012 figures, according to a recently released 2Q performance summary.Volume increased 4 percent to nearly 2.5 million units, reflecting continued strength in crude oil and domestic intermodal business — which helped offset weak grain traffic — as well as improved yields and mix, the summary states.By business segment:• Consumer products volume rose 2 percent to 1.2 million units and revenue increased 3 percent to $1.7 billion primarily because of higher domestic intermodal traffic propelled by highway conversions.• Industrial products volume jumped 12 percent to 470,000 units and revenue soared 16 percent to $1.4 billion mostly due to strong petroleum products demand.• Coal volume climbed 7 percent to 519,000 units and revenue grew 8 percent to $1.2 billion as higher natural gas prices and reduced utility stockpiles helped drive carloads.• Agricultural products volume fell 9 percent to 225,000 units and revenue declined 11 percent to $792 million primarily due to lower grain exports resulting from the extreme U.S. drought in 2012 and strong global competition.BNSF's operating expenses in the quarter ratcheted up 3 percent year over year to $3.7 billion. Materials and other expenses ballooned 43 percent to $230 million primarily due to higher environmental costs, property taxes, material expenses, and crew transportation and employee relocation costs, the summary states. In addition, compensation and benefits expenses rose 5 percent to $1.1 billion because of higher volumes and inflation.But purchased services costs were flat at $617 million and fuel costs decreased 2 percent to $1.1 billion as the average price of diesel per gallon dropped 5 percent in the quarter, the summary states.
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