July 29 (Reuters) - Spain’s Gas Natural :
* Says core profit (EBITDA) rose 10.5 percent to 2.7 billion euros ($3 billion) in the first half from a year earlier, in line with an average forecast in a Reuters poll
* Says EBITDA was driven by contribution from its purchase of Chilean electricity distributor CGE.
* Says net profit fell 19.4 percent to 751 million euros in the six-month period from a year earlier, slightly above a Reuters poll forecast for 737 million euros
* Says net profit decline reflects one-offs from the sale of its telecommunications business Source text for Eikon: [bit.ly/1Mx5vzU] Further company coverage: ($1 = 0.9060 euros) (Reporting by Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Paul Day)