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AT&T earnings beat by a penny

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AT&T on Wednesday posted third-quarter revenue that was slightly below expectations but net income beat by a penny as the company worked to control costs.

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The No. 2 U.S. mobile service added 363,000 wireless postpaid subscribers during the quarter, slightly ahead of expectations for just over 344,000 from eight analysts contacted by Reuters.


But growth was well behind bigger rival Verizon Wireless, which reported 927,000 new customers in the quarter on Oct 17.

Total postpaid average revenue per user (ARPU) increased 1.5 percent, where phone-only ARPU was up 3.1 percent, said the company.

Net income rose 5 percent to $3.91 billion, or 72 cent a share, from $3.7 billion, or 63 cents a share, in the year-earlier period.

Excluding items, earnings climbed to 66 cents a share from 62 cents a year ago.

Revenue increased 2.2 percent to $32.16 billion from $31.46 billion.

Analysts had expected AT&T to report earnings excluding items of 65 cents a share on $32.19 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters.

—Reuters contributed to this report.

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