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Dow Chemical's third-quarter earnings rose to $799 million, or 63 cents a share, from $440 million, or 46 cents a share, a year earlier as prices and volumes rose sequentially.

Updated from 6:56 a.m. EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (

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Dow Chemical's

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third-quarter earnings rose to $796 million from $428 million a year earlier as prices and volumes rose sequentially.

After preferred dividends, earnings in the quarter were $711 million, or 63 cents a share.

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Excluding certain items, earnings in the latest quarter were 24 cents a share, above the estimate of analysts of 10 cents. This compares with earnings on the same basis a year earlier of 59 cents a share and 5 cents a share in the second quarter of 2009.

Sales in the quarter fell 22% from a year earlier to $12.05 billion, but were up 6% from the prior quarter.

Dow said in a press release Thursday that earnings were driven by sequential price increases, volume growth in certain segments, including electronic and specialty material, and cost reductions.

-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York

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