Kansas City, MO (Jan. 9, 2003) - H&R Block Inc. says it is on target to meet or beat fiscal 2003 earnings, despite some analyst and broker comments to the contrary.

The country’s number one tax preparer, Tuesday said it expects fiscal year 2003 earnings of $2.90-to-$3.10 per share. The company made the announcement at an analyst conference in New York. The anticipated earnings are lower than most consensus estimates for the company. Thomson Financial/First Call said the brokers it surveyed expected the firm to earn $3.21 per share.

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