* Q3 core profit 460 mln euros vs 449 mln expected
* Increases 2012 revenue, core profit outlook
* Consumer unit performs strongly on TV, mobile data
* To pay additional dividend of 0.31 per share
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BRUSSELS, Oct 26 Belgium's dominant telecoms
operator Belgacom raised its 2012 outlook and its
dividend on Friday after its third-quarter results were buoyed
by increased mobile data traffic and growth of its television
Belgacom said its revenue in 2012 would increase by 1
percent from 2011 and its core profit would drop by between 4
and 5 percent this year. It had previously expected a 1 decline
of turnover and a core profit fall of 5-6 percent.
Core profit for the third quarter fell by 2.7 percent to 460
million euros ($596.1 million), above the 449 million expected
in a Reuters poll of nine analysts.
Group revenue rose 1.5 percent, helped by an 18.9 percent
increase of income from digital TV, whose subscribers grew by
39,000 in the quarter to 1.34 million.
While income from traditional texts and calls decreased, the
group gained additional customers by combining its offers for
mobile services with fixed line Internet and phone accounts.
Revenues from mobile services for private consumers
increased by 4.5 percent year-on-year, also driven by customers
using more data applications on their phones.
Belgacom said it would reimburse shareholders with a
one-time additional dividend of 0.31 euros per share, leading to
a gross interim dividend of 0.81 euros and a total 2012 pay out
of 2.49 euros per share.
($1 = 0.7716 euros)
(Reporting By Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by Philip