CLEVELAND ( TheStreet) -- Eaton ( ETN) said third-quarter earnings rose 36% and it reaffirmed the midpoint of its full-year earnings outlook. The manufacturer earned $365 million, or $1.07 a share, in the third quarter, up from $268 million, or 78 cents, a year earlier. Excluding a charge related to acquisitions, earnings in the quarter were $1.08 a share, matching the estimates of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. Sales rose 15% to $4.12 billion, below estimates of $4.18 billion. Eaton said operating earnings for 2011 would come in at $3.95 to $4.05 a share. Eaton previously forecast operating earnings of $3.90 to $4.10 a share. -- Written by Joseph Woelfel >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Joseph Woelfel >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.