exceeded analyst targets with its third-quarter profit, although the cable giant offered no comments on its pursuit of
Comcast said net income climbed to $944 million, or 33 cents a share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30 from year-ago earnings of $771 million, or 26 cents a share. Excluding one-time income tax benefits and financing expenses, Comcast would have earned 28 cents a share in the recent quarter.
Revenue rose 3% from a year ago to $8.8 billion, as net customer additions for the company's voice and high-speed Internet services offset a decline in video customers.
Analysts, on average, were looking for a profit of 25 cents a share on revenue of $8.85 billion, according to a poll by Thomson Reuters.
Total revenue-generating units rose by 4.5%, with the largest net additions coming from triple-play bundle customers and digital video subscribers.
Investors will have to wait until the company's conference call for any potential mention of its attempt to acquire a majority stake in NBC Universal from
CEO Brian Roberts reiterated his company's interest in acquiring content but declined to comment specifically on talks about NBC Universal with GE.
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