LONDON — A healthy demand for rough diamonds, lower stock levels, and a reduced tax rate drove De Beers’ first half total net earnings up 18 percent to $308 million from $261 million in the six months ended June 30.

De Beers said in an abridged consolidated income statement Friday that earnings, excluding amortization, restructuring costs and one-time fees, rose 34.4 percent to $414 million from $308 million.

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