NEW DELHI Jan 29 India's Idea Cellular Ltd
reported a 14 percent increase in quarterly profit,
the third straight quarter of earnings growth for the country's
No. 3 mobile carrier by revenue, though the rise was smaller
Idea, part of the Aditya Birla conglomerate, said
consolidated net profit rose to 2.29 billion Indian rupees
($42.5 million) for its fiscal third quarter ended Dec. 31, from
2.01 billion rupees reported a year earlier.
Analysts had expected the company to report net profit of
2.65 billion rupees, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
($1 = 53.9050 Indian rupees)
(Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by Daniel Magnowski,