UPDATE 5-DuPont in talks with rivals about agri business- interim CEO

martes 27 de octubre de 2015 14:30 GYT

* Expects 2015 sales to fall by 11-12 pct

* Q3 sales drop 17.5 pct to $4.87 bln

* Q3 oper earnings/shr 13 cents vs est 10 cents

* Cost cuts contribute 10 cents/shr to Q3 oper earnings (Adds investor comments)

By Swetha Gopinath and Sneha Banerjee

Oct 27 (Reuters) - DuPont is talking to rivals about its agriculture business, interim Chief Executive Edward Breen said on Tuesday, less than a week after Dow Chemical Co announced a review of its farm chemicals and seeds unit.

Falling crop prices and rising fertilizer output have triggered talk of consolidation among farm-focused companies.

DuPont has been touted as a potential buyer of Dow's farm unit, but some have questioned if the company is in a position to do so.

Breen took over earlier this month after Ellen Kullman abruptly stepped down from her post.   Continuación...