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Discovery Earnings Up 9% For First Quarter

Discovery Communications reported higher first quarter earnings despite a slow U.S. ad market and foreign currency headwinds.

Net income rose 9% to $250 million, or 37 cents a share, from $230 million, or 33 cents a share a year ago.

Revenues rose 9% to $1.6 billion.

"2015 is off to a great start, as our strategy of investing in and owning world-class content to leverage across our unparalleled global distribution platform continues to drive operating momentum and strong financial results," said CEO David Zaslav in a statement. "Despite facing a challenging U.S. marketplace and foreign currency headwinds, Discovery is successfully building market share, expanding our distribution and developing programming that resonates with audiences around the world. I'm extremely pleased with our strong performance this quarter and the numerous opportunities Discovery has in the months and years ahead."