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"Battleship" dud hits Comcast earnings


(AP) NEW YORK - "Battleship" failed to sink Comcast's (CMCSA) second-quarter earnings as strong results from cable operations overcame returns of the box-office flop.

The Philadelphia-based cable company, the country's largest, is reporting net income of $1.35 billion, or 50 cents per share, for the April-to-June period. That's up 32 percent from $1.02 billion, or 37 cents per share, a year ago.

Analysts polled by FactSet have been expecting earnings of 48 cents per share for the latest quarter.

Revenue rose 6 percent to $15.2 billion, matching analyst expectations. Some of the increase was due to Comcast buying out another investor in the Universal Orlando theme parks last July. Excluding that effect, revenue rose 3.5 percent.

In cable, average monthly fees were up 8 percent from last year to $148.57.