THE HAGUE, Jul 23 – Dutch electronics giant Philips on Monday posted higher than forecast second quarter net profits of 167 million euros ($202 million), thanks to a 13 percent jump in sales.
The results were a huge improvement over the company’s dismal 1.35 billion euro net loss in the same period last year.
Analysts interviewed by Dow Jones Newswires, had forecast the net profit at 105 million euros for this year’s second quarter.
Philips faces restructuring charges stemming from a cost reduction programme unveiled last year.
The company is known for its televisions, small appliances and light bulbs, but has begun to develop activities in the medical equipment sector.