LONDON (Reuters) – Shell reported on Thursday a profit of $9.13 billion in the first quarter, its highest ever, boosted by higher oil and gas prices and a strong performance of its trading division.

First-quarter adjusted earnings rose 43% from the previous quarter to $9.13 billion, above an average analyst forecast provided by the company for a $8.67 billion profit.

That compares with earnings of $3.13 billion a year earlier.

(Reporting by Ron Bousso and Shadia Nasralla; Editing by David Goodman)