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Viacom Tops Q2 Earnings Estimate Even as Ad and Affiliate Revenues Decline

Martin Baccardax

posted stronger-than-expected second quarter earnings Friday, but missed revenue forecasts as ad sales for the Comedy Central and MTV owner eased from last year's pace. Viacom said adjusted earnings for the three months ending in March, the company's fiscal second quarter, came in at 95 cents per share, up 3 cents from the same period last year but firmly ahead of the Street consensus forecast of 81 cents per share.