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UnitedHealth says membership increase boosts third quarter profit

Oct 17 (Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc said on Thursday third quarter profits rose helped by the enrollment of an additional 275,000 people in its healthcare plans during the three-month period.

The company reported earnings of $1.57 billion, or $1.53 per share, up from $1.56 billion, or $1.50 per share a year earlier.

Analysts had expected earnings of $1.53 per share for the third quarter, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.