Household International Inc. reported the highest yearly and quarterly earnings per share in its history Wednesday, and a 10th consecutive quarter of double-digit growth.

The Prospect Heights, Ill., consumer finance company last year had a net income of $1.7 billion, up 14%, and earnings per share of $3.55, up 16%. For the quarter, Household's earnings per share and net income both grew 12%, to $1.03 and $492.7 million, the highest in any quarter.

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