Shell reports $18bn loss as global oil and gas prices collapse

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Energy giant hit by massive change in fortunes as Covid-19 crisis forces writedown in asset values

Royal Dutch Shell has reported a deep financial loss after a record writedown on the value of its oil and gas assets due to the collapse in global market prices triggered by coronavirus.

The Anglo-Dutch oil giant revealed a net loss of $18.3bn (£14.1bn) for the second quarter 2020, down sharply from a net profit of $3bn over the same period last year and $2.7bn in the first three months of 2020.

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