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Scania reports surpise second quarter losses

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16:51 CEST+02:00
Swedish truckmaker Scania was hit with unexpected losses in the second quarter due to weak demand, and warned that no recovery is yet in sight.

Scania said it had a net loss of 150 million kronor ($ 19.7 million) for the three months to June, after a year-earlier net profit of 3.04 billion kronor.

Analysts had forecast a net profit of around 222 million kronor for the period after the company posted first quarter earnings of 179 million kronor.

Revenue fell 40 percent from a year earlier to 14.43 billion kronor.

"During the seasonally weak third quarter, Scania foresees a continued low level of demand," it said.

Evli Bank analyst Michael Andersson told Dow Jones Newsires that analysts "maybe... were a bit too optimistic because of the good first quarter."

"There's still too many new trucks out in Europe," he said. "For sure, there won't be a European recovery this year. The question is what will happen next year? If there is a bounce back then I'm afraid it will be very small."

Faced with the worst slump in years, Scania has cut costs like may automakers. In May, it introduced a four-day work week for about 12,000 employees in Sweden, reducing their pay by 10 percent.

It had some 32,600 employees at end-June, with nearly 4,000 having left the company since September 2008.

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