Underlying earnings for the second quarter came in at $3.6bn, 34 per cent higher than last year and up from the $3.4bn that an analyst poll by Bloomberg had suggested.
Despite the positive news, first-half profits were still down on last year, from $24.6bn to $11.1bn.
The positive news for the BP is that its Russian operations are contributing, even though the ruling in the Yukos case (to which
BP is exposed through Rosneft) could yet affect the company's finances.
Bob Dudley, BP group chief executive said:
This was another successful quarter, delivering both operational progress and robust cash flow. We are continuing to ramp up the major new projects that drive delivery of cash flow and are also now seeing benefits from our focus on operating with greater reliability and efficiency.