-Total's nuclear venture sets precedent, no trend

ANALYSIS-Total's nuclear venture sets precedent, no trend
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: "PARIS, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Total's (TOTF.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) foray into nuclear power may prompt copycat moves by rival oil majors, but the French group holds trump cards -- France's decades-old atomic expertise and its state-controlled reactor builder Areva."

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TOTAL S.A. (TOTAL) together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is an integrated oil and gas company. With operations in more than 130 countries, TOTAL engages in all aspects of the petroleum industry, including upstream operations (oil and gas exploration, development and production, liquefied natural gas, (LNG)) and downstream operations (refining, marketing and the trading and shipping of crude oil and petroleum products). TOTAL also produces base chemicals (petrochemicals and fertilizers), cholorochemicals, intermediates, performance polymers and specialty chemicals for the industrial and consumer markets. In addition, TOTAL has interests in the coal mining and power generation sectors, as well as a financial interest in Sanofi-Aventis. TOTAL's worldwide operations are conducted through three business segments: Upstream, Downstream and Chemicals. In January 2007, the Company's subsidiary, Bostik, acquired Dupont de Nemours adhesives business for the flexible packaging market.
BRIEF: For the nine months ended 30 September 2007, Total S.A.'s total revenue decreased 4% to EUR99.13B. Net income from continuing operations increased less than 1% to EUR9.58B. Total revenue reflects lower sales of the Company'sproducts in all business segments except for the Chemicals division. Net income from continuing operations benefited from decreased operating expenses as well as lower other charges.
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