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S&P firms' profits top estimates at fastest pace in four years

US firms tap new technologies to lower costs and lift earnings, while rivals elsewhere grapple with slowing growth

New York

STANDARD & Poor's 500 Index companies are beating analysts' estimates at the fastest pace in four years, underscoring the strength of the US economy's recovery from the longest recession since the Great Depression.

More than 81 per cent of the 410 S&P 500 members