Late last month, General Electric (NYSE: GE) chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt lowered the company's Q3 guidance dramatically and today it met those expectations. We'll see if the inoculationand the subsequent infusion from Warren Buffetthelped when the market opens. In the meantime, a quick look at the results. Earnings from continuing operations dropped 12 percent to $4.5 billion fro, $5.1 billion on Q307, with a corresponding 10 percent decrease in earnings per share to 45 cents from 50 cents. (Including all operations, earning dropped 22 percent.) Revenues from continuing operations were $47.2 billion, up 11 percent over $42.5 billion in the same quarter last year. Growth in infrastructure and media were countered by a sharp decline in financial services.
Media division NBC Universal turned in revenues of $5.07 billion for the quarter, which included the Olympics, up 35 percent over $3.8 billion the previous year. NBCU turned a profit of $645 million, a 10 percent increase over $589 million in Q307. Its profit for the year to date, though, is up 4 percent.From Immelt's statement: "NBC Universal grew segment profit 10%, its eighth straight quarter of growth. Cable and films had a solid quarter, and the success of the Beijing Olympics showed the value of the network model."
By Staci D. Kramer