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Hughes Electronics


, a unit of

General Motors


, posted a third-quarter loss of $88.5 million, wider than the loss of $29.6 million in the same period a year ago.

Revenue rose 3.7% to $1.69 billion from $1.63 billion in the year-ago period.

The company reported a 46.6% decline in third-quarter earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, to $107.9 million from $202.1 million last year.

The company's


division posted U.S. revenue of $1.15 billion, compared with last year's revenue of $1.05 billion. DirecTV added 450,000 net subscribers in the quarter and now has about 9 million subscribers.