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UnitedHealth Group

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posted third-quarter earnings that topped analysts' expectations by 4 cents.

The health care company earned $182 million, or $1.08 a share, compared with $144 million, or 81 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. A

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survey of 22 analysts produced a consensus forecast of $1.04 a share.

Revenue rose 10% to $5.4 billion from $4.9 billion a year earlier.

The company also forecast full-year earnings of $4.14 to $4.15 a share and projected 2001 earnings of $4.80 to $4.90 a share. Analysts on average expect earnings of $4.08 in 2000 and $4.75 in 2001.