Bid target Sky reports 9 percent rise in core earnings

LONDON (Reuters) - Sky, the pay-TV group at the centre of a bidding war between Rupert Murdoch's Fox and Comcast, reported a 9 percent rise in full-year core earnings on Thursday after it added more than 500,000 customers across its European operations.Comcast is leading the race to buy Sky after it offered 14.75 pounds a share offer earlier this month, valuing the group at $34 billion.

The bid came just hours after Fox had upped its own bid to 14 pounds.Sky, which is 39 percent owned by Fox, reported core earnings of 2.35 billion pounds on.

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