Verizon's $130 billion deal to take over of all of Verizon Wireless is helping lift its profit.
The New York-based telecommunications company completed its acquisition of the 45 percent stake in its wireless division from Vodafone Group PLC in February.
Verizon Communications Inc. said Thursday that its first-quarter net income rose 23 percent to $5.99 billion, or $1.15 per share, from $4.86 billion, or 68 cents per share, in the January-March quarter of 2013.
Excluding one-time items, profit came to 84 cents per share in the most recent quarter.
Revenue rose 5 percent to $30.82 billion from $29.42 billion.
Analysts polled by FactSet expected a profit of 86 cents per share and $30.66 billion in revenue.
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