Ericsson’s Profits Continue To Rise
Sweden’s Ericsson AB, the world’s largest supplier of mobile telecommunications networks, didn’t quite reach the highs predicted by experts but still posted a healthy profit for the third-quarter.
The Swedish company posted a net profit of 6.2 billion kronor, that’s 670 million euros, up 17 percent on the same quarter a year earlier. Sales rose by 13 percent to 40.8 billion kronor, but were below analysts’ forecasts of 41.7 billion.
Despite the weaker-than-expected numbers, Ericsson shares climbed by 0.94 percent to 26.85 kronor in late morning trading on the Stockholm stock exchange.
Chief executive Carl-Henric Svanberg said he expected stronger growth in the Americas in 2007 but stressed that overall growth next year was expected to be similar to that seen in 2006.
”We see no change in the overall business environment. Basically we see very much of a similar year in 2007 as we saw in 2006,” Svanberg said.