NEW YORK (AP) — Express Scripts says its third-quarter net income climbed 9 percent, and the nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager gave a more optimistic earnings forecast for the year.

The St. Louis company said Thursday it earned $426.7 million, or 52 cents per share. That compares to earnings of $391.4 million, or 47 cents per share, in last year's quarter. Excluding one-time items, Express Scripts Holding Co. earned $1.08 per share.

Revenue fell 3 percent to $25.92 billion.

Analysts forecast, on average, adjusted earnings of $1.08 per share on about $25 billion in revenue, according to FactSet.

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