Thomson ReutersMarch 7, 2013 04:16
* Pretax profit jumps 55 percent in 2012
* Hunting sees slow start to 2013, improving in H2
* Expects more competition stemming from weak gas price
* Plans final 2012 dividend of 14.0 pence
By Alice Baghdjian
LONDON, March 7 (Reuters) - British oil services firm Hunting reported a jump in 2012 profits but gave a cautious outlook for 2013, saying low prices were discouraging drilling for gas in the United States, shrinking the market for extraction services.