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, posted third-quarter earnings that beat analysts' expectations by 3 cents, citing increased commissions and fees from its interactive, recruitment advertising and temporary contracting units.

The company earned $31.5 million, or 30 cents a share, excluding merger and acquisition costs, up from $18.3 million, or 21 cents a share, for the same period last year. A

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poll of 13 analysts expected third-quarter earnings of 27 cents a share.

Total commissions and fees grew 43% to $339.2 million for the third quarter, up from $236.6 million for the same period a year ago.

TMP Worldwide also said it was comfortable with Wall Street's fourth-quarter earnings estimates of 30 cents a share. For 2001, the company forecast adjusted earnings of 14 cents to 15 cents a share for the first quarter, 30 cents to 31 cents for the second quarter, 45 cents to 46 cents for the third quarter and 47 cents to 48 cents for the fourth quarter.