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American Express (calendar Q3)
Earnings rose 14% to a record $879 million (€687.63m; £477.61m), thanks to strong spending by cardholders and better results in its travel business.
Third-quarter revenue rose 12% from the year-earlier period to $7.2 billion, in line with Wall Street's expectations. Card-member spending increased 16% in the third quarter and profit from its travel business rose 20% to $726 million.
However, the financial advisory business reported earnings of $186 million, down 6%.
"We are in an excellent competitive position and continue to generate broad-based growth in card-member spending in the retail, everyday spending, travel and entertainment sectors," said chairman/ceo Kenneth I Chenault.
British American Tobacco (calendar Q3)
The world's second-largest cigarette manufacturer saw profits rise by 20% over nine months, boosted by its acquisition of Ente Tabacchi Italiani.
Group pre-tax profits for the nine months to September 30 were £1.54bn ($2.83bn; €2.22bn) compared with £1.29bn in the same period last year.
However, underlying operating profit, was 1% higher at £2.14bn. At comparable rates of exchange, underlying operating profit would have risen by 7%.
BAT's four key brands - Kent, Dunhill, Pall Mall and Lucky Strike - saw volumes rise by 3% in the nine month period, while group operating profit rose 8% to £1.62bn and total revenues grew 33% to £25.26bn.
Grupo Televisa (calendar Q3)
Mexico's leading broadcaster said net profit was pesos 1.44 billion ($1.25m; €978.3k; £679.5k), double the P720.7m in the year-earlier quarter.
Sales rose 29% to P7.63bn, with gains in all of the company's business segments, which include cable and satellite TV, programming licensing, radio and publishing.
TV broadcasting revenue reached a record P4.3bn, up 11%, thanks to a recovery in the Mexican economy, and coverage of the Summer Olympics and South American soccer tournament Copa America.
TV Azteca (calendar Q3)
The nation's number two TV company reported net profit up by 17% to pesos 408.8 million ($35.5m; €27.77m; £19.29m), compared with P350.7m in the year-earlier quarter. Sales were up 23% to P2.22 billion in the July-September period, compared with P1.8bn a year ago; while EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) rose 20% to P948m.
The company's US network, Azteca America, saw sales rise year-on-year to P94m from P54m.
Data sourced from multiple origins; additional content by WARC staff