A gain of more than 50% in third-quarter earnings for 1985 was reported by Boeing Co. in a statement citing a big increase in the sale of commercial jetliners.
Boeing said its earnings were $132 million, up from last year's $86 million. Revenue rose to $3.1 billion from $2.2 billion.
The statement said sales for the first three quarters rose to nearly $9.4 billion, compared to $7 billion for the same period last year, while earnings were $378 million, up from $266 million in 1984.
The statement said 10 airlines and two leasing companies ordered 104 jetliners for about $3 billion in the third quarter. All but seven of the orders were for the twin-engine 737-300.