May 12, 2011 / 11:31 AM / 7 years ago

UPDATE 1-BCE operating earnings climb; raises forecast

TORONTO, May 12 (Reuters) - BCE Inc (BCE.TO), Canada’s largest telecommunications company, said on Thursday its first-quarter operating earnings rose on the back of growth in its wireless, Internet and satellite-TV services.

Montreal-based BCE said earnings excluding one-time items rose to C$543 million, or 72 Canadian cents a share, from C$467 million, or 61 Canadian cents a share.

Excluding one-time items, the company said it now expects 2011 earnings of C$2.95 to C$3.05 a share, up from a prior forecast of C$2.90 to C$3.00 a share. (Reporting by Euan Rocha, editing by Maureen Bavdek)

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