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Philips Q1 results beat estimates on strong growth in China, US

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DUTCH health technology company Philips' first-quarter results beat expectations on Monday, as customers in China and the United States increased their demand for its high-end hospital equipment.

Core profit in the first three months of the year rose 15 per cent to 344 million euros (S$556.12 million), Philips said, on a comparable sales growth of 5 per cent and a 10 per cent increase in new orders.

"While there is more work to be done, 2018 started well," chief executive Frans van Houten said in a statement, reaffirming the company's target of a 4-6 per cent sales growth for the year.

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Analysts in a Reuters poll predicted adjusted earnings before interest, taxes and amortisation (Ebita) for the first quarter of 332 million euros, on 4.3 per cent higher sales.

Growth was strongest in the diagnosis and treatment division, as strong demand for ultrasound machines, medical scanners and other hospital equipment in China and the United States led to a 9 per cent increase in sales. The connected care and informatics business was less thriving, as comparable sales were flat. Sales of consumer products rose 4 per cent. REUTERS