February 7, 2008 / 12:30 PM / 10 years ago

Thomson reports higher profit, boosts dividend

TORONTO (Reuters) - Electronic publishing company Thomson Corp TOC.TOTOC.N reported a higher fourth-quarter profit on Thursday and boosted its dividend 10 percent as it readies itself for the takeover of Reuters Group Plc RTR.LRTRSY.O.

Thomson, which is buying financial data and news provider Reuters, said it earned $434 million, or 67 cents a share for the period that ended December 31, up from $391 million, or 61 cents a share for the same time in 2006.

(Reporters and editors involved in writing and editing this report may own Reuters securities and are bound by the Reuters Code of Conduct, which restricts dealing in securities in companies a journalist is reporting on)

($1=$1 Canadian)

Reporting by Scott Anderson, editing by Maureen Bavdek

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