* EPS ex-items $1.46 vs Street view $1.15
* Sales $3.51 bln vs Street view $3.28 bln
* Affirms outlook for 2011 core operating earnings
DETROIT, April 29 Lear Corp (LEA.N) on Friday
posted a stronger-than-expected profit that more than doubled
and maintained its full-year outlook as vehicle production rose
in most of the world outside of earthquake-ravaged Japan.
Net income in the first quarter attributable to
shareholders rose to $156 million, or $1.44 a share, compared
with $66.1 million, or 61 cents a share, in the year-earlier
Excluding one-time items, it earned $1.46 a share, easily
topping the $1.15 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S
Sales rose 19.4 percent from last year to $3.51 billion,
above the $3.28 billion analysts had expected.
(Reporting by Ben Klayman in Detroit, editing by Dave