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SYDNEY, Feb 19 AAP

February 19 2013, 4:19PM

The Australian share market has closed higher, after a string of strong profit results.

At the close on Tuesday, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was 18.5 points, or 0.37 per cent, higher at 5,081.9 while the broader All Ordinaries index was up 18.1 points, or 0.36 per cent, at 5,101.

On the ASX 24, the March share price index futures contract was 19 points higher at 5,061 with 19,976 contracts traded.