AirAsia Group's profits slashed, but “untold fortunes await” with contrarian strategy

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AirAsia’s second quarter profit result contained few surprises. Net profit fell 95% and operating margins slipped below 5%. CEO, Tony Fernandes, stated it was nonetheless a “commendable performance” given that unit fuel price increased by 65% to USD142.5 per barrel. AirAsia is maintaining its contrarian approach of continuing to grow strongly as its competitors cut back.

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