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Marriott posts quarterly profit

Oct 3 (Reuters) - Hotel operator Marriott International

reported a higher quarterly profit on Wednesday as its corporate business showed strength.

Net income came to $143 million, or 44 cents a share, in the third quarter ended September 7, compared with a loss of $179 million, or 52 cents a share, a year earlier. There was a lower share count in the most recent quarter.

(Reporting by Karen Jacobs in Atlanta)

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Keywords: MARRIOTT RESULTS/