By Luke Jeffs
LONDON Jan 24 The London Stock Exchange's data business helped the group wipe out losses in capital markets and treasury income to beat forecasts with a 6 percent rise in quarterly income.
The LSE said on Thursday income for the three months to December rose to 209 million pounds ($330 million), compared with a forecast for 201 million.
The British exchange's 44 percent increase in data services income to 76 million pounds wiped out a 4 percent fall in capital markets revenue to 66 million and a 17 percent slide in net treasury income to 28 million.
"The group has continued to benefit from a more diversified range of businesses with particularly strong performances from our Information Services and our Technology operations", chief executive Xavier Rolet said.
The LSE Group's technology business income rose 5 percent for the quarter to 14 million pounds.
The LSE is seen by analysts as a possible bidder for the European share trading arm of NYSE Euronext which last month agreed to sell itself to energy group the IntercontinentalExchange and spin-off Euronext, the European stock market business. $1 = 0.6313 pound)