BURLINGTON, N.C. — Laboratory Corporation of America beat Wall Street earnings forecasts with a profit of 87 cents a share, the company said Tuesday.

Analysts at Thomson Financial had forecast earnings of 83 cents for LabCorp (NYSE: LH). LabCorp reported 73-cents a share profit in the second quarter of 2005.

Net earnings hit $116.4 million, up 6.7 percent from the same quarter a year ago.

Revenues increased 5.9 percent from 2005 to $903.7 million.

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