Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA), the U.S. cable company awaiting regulatory approval to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWX), reported profit that beat estimates as new high-speed Internet customers more than made up for declining video subscribers.

Third-quarter earnings were 73 cents a share, excluding tax adjustments and acquisition-related expenses, Comcast said today in a statement. That topped the 71 cents that analysts projected on average, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Revenue rose 4 percent to $16.79 billion, just shy of the $16.81 billion estimated by analysts.

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