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Shell has reignited anger over excessive profits after revealing it made 27.6 billion US dollars (£13.9 billion) in 2007 - a new record for a UK company.
The figure - equivalent to more than £1.5 million an hour - prompted a fresh call from unions for a windfall tax on oil companies. It also comes at a time when motorists are paying forecourt petrol prices of more than £1 a litre.