DST Systems reported net income of $54.3 million, or $1.16 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2010, a 10.8% decline from the $60.9 million, or $1.21 per diluted share, it earned in the third quarter of 2009.

However, for the nine months ended Sept. 30, earnings of $225.2 million, or $4.74 per diluted share, were up 23% from the $182.8 million, or $3.65 per diluted share, earned in the first nine months of 2009.

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