* Q3 EPS $4.44 vs $4.24 in Q3 2009
* Q3 revenue up 20 pct to $1.47 bln
* Will stay "conservative" in business approach
(Figures in U.S. dollars unless noted)
OTTAWA, Oct 29 Canadian forestry and paper
company Domtar Corp (UFS.TO) reported higher-than-expected
quarterly profit on Friday, but the company maintained a
Net profit rose to $191 million, or $4.44 per share, from
$183 million, or $4.24 per share in the same period last year.
Sales rose 20 percent to $1.47 million.
Excluding one-time items, Montreal-based Domtar said it
earned $183 million, or $4.26 per share, versus $116 million,
or $57 million, or $1.32 per share, in the year-prior period.
Analysts, on average, had expected earnings of $3.17 a
share, excluding items, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The average revenue forecast was $1.47 billion.
"While demand for fine paper is fairly stable, we remain
conservative in our business approach because of continued high
levels of unemployment in the U.S. and economic uncertainty,"
Chief Executive John Williams said in a statement.
(Reporting by Susan Taylor, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)