Thomas & Betts Fourth-Quarter Profit Rises

Thomas & Betts Corp., Memphis, said its fourth-quarter profit rose. The company earned $25.8 million, up 6 percent from $24.2 million, during the same period a year ago. The results included a tax charge of $16.4 million, or 27 cents per share.

Sales totaled $443 million, up 11 percent from $400.1 million last year.

Electrical segment fourth-quarter sales were $352.5 million, a 9.6 percent increase over the fourth quarter 2004. Solid demand in industrial, light commercial

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