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Sony Ericsson sees profit margins fall

Swedish-Japanese mobile handset maker Sony Ericsson, which has changed tack to target the mid-range market, announced Thursday a more than 10 percent fall in net profit in the third quarter.

The group said that net profit totalled €267 million ($379 million dollars) in the three-month period, a 10.4 percent drop over 12 months.

Sales increased by 6.6 percent to €3.1 billion, with the new strategy leading to a 31 percent jump in the number of handsets sold, but with a sharp fall in profit margins.

Sony Ericsson was previously focused on the sale of high-end handsets and the group said the average sales price of one of its phones had fallen to €120 in the third quarter from €147 12 months earlier.

SWEDEN AND UKRAINE

Ericsson suspends all Russia operations indefinitely

Swedish network equipment maker Ericsson said Monday that it was suspending all of its Russian operations over the war in Ukraine for the foreseeable future.

Ericsson suspends all Russia operations indefinitely

The telecom giant already announced in late February that it would stop all deliveries to Russia following Moscow’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

“In the light of recent events and of European Union sanctions, the company will now suspend its affected business with customers in Russia indefinitely,” Ericsson said in a statement.

The company added that it was “engaging with customers and partners regarding the indefinite suspension of the affected business.”

“The priority is to focus on the safety and well-being of Ericsson employees in Russia and they will be placed on paid leave,” it said.

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Hundreds of Western firms ranging from Ikea to Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs and McDonald’s have stopped operations in the country since the invasion, with French banking group Societe Generale announcing Monday it was selling its stake in Russia’s Rosbank.

Ericsson has around 600 employees in Russia, and is a “major supplier to the largest operator MTS and the fourth largest operator Tele2,” a company spokeswoman told AFP, adding that together with Ukraine, Russia accounts for less than two percent of revenue.

As a result, the equipment maker said it would record a provision for 900 million Swedish kronor ($95 million, 87 million euros) for the first quarter of 2022 for “impairment of assets and other exceptional costs,” though no staff redundancy costs were included.
Ericsson is due to publish its first quarter earnings on April 14.

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