Last year’s merger helped propel Thomson Reuters (NSDQ: TRIN) to a strong Q1, despite the economy’s pressure on the media business and on its finance-related customers. Earnings were up 17.5 percent to $228 million ($0.27 per share) while revenues shot up 72.2 percent to $3.12 billion. However, that wasn’t strong enough to meet the analysts’ consensus gathered by Thomson Reuters’ news service, as the company’s observers anticipated EPS of $0.35 with revenue of $3.18 billion, according to Dow Jones Newswires.
Despite the double-digit growth numbers, there are causes for concern. In particular, the Thomson Reuters’ markets division, which provides roughly 60 percent of the company’s revenue, was up an anemic 0.4 percent. Within that unit, the media segment’s revenues dropped 18 percent to $89 million.