profits en BP's Profit Drops Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with a slip for BP.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The British oil company, BP, announced its 4th quarter earnings today, and its net profit was about a billion dollars lower than a year earlier. BP has been shrinking as assets have been sold off to pay for its liabilities tied to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.<p>MONTAGNE: Billions more could flow out of the company this year. A civil penalties trial is due to begin in New Orleans later this month. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 11:10:00 +0000 editor 5731 at