OLD Media Moves

Thomson Reuters revenue growth slows

August 12, 2008

Thomson Reuters Corp., the parent company of the Reuters news service, reported that its second quarter revenue increased 11 percent to $3.4 billion, slightly slower than its growth in the first three months of the year.

Thomson ReutersA Reuters story stated, “Revenue in the Markets division, which includes the Reuters and Thomson news operations as well as financial data and tools for investment banks and other financial firms, rose 12 percent to $2.1 billion.

“But the unit’s closely watched organic growth rate — which excludes the impact of currency exchange fluctuations and acquisitions — was 7 percent, slower than the first quarter’s 9 percent. Analysts had been looking for organic growth of 7 percent to 8 percent for the second quarter.

“‘The results were not great. The market was pricing in half-decent figures and that’s what it got,’ said Manoj Ladwa, a derivatives trader at TradIndex in London.

“Thomson Corp of Canada bought London-based Reuters Group Plc in April this year for about $16 billion in cash and stock, aiming to expand its market beyond North America.”

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