Reuters' Growth: Strong Enough To Allow Write-Offs

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Continued growth in transaction services, particularly Instinet in the US, allowed Reuters to report 11 per cent revenue growth for the first half of 1996--8 per cent excluding the effects of currency fluctuations. Information products' revenue growth slowed, as the vendor had predicted. But overall, earnings were strong enough that Reuters was able to accelerate the depreciation schedule on its installed base. Had it not done so, operating profit would have been up about 23 per cent, instea

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