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Samsung Electronics says Q4 operating profit likely down 37.4% y-o-y
[SEOUL] Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said operating profit likely fell 37.4 per cent in the October-December period to 5.2 trillion won (US$4.74 billion), beating expectations.
The guidance, released ahead of final fourth-quarter figures due around the end of January, was higher than a 5 trillion won mean estimate of 44 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
This would still mark the company's fifth consecutive quarter of declining operating profit in annual terms, and means annual profit fell for the first time in three years.
Fourth-quarter sales likely fell 12.3 per cent to 52 trillion won, Samsung said, compared with a mean forecast for 51.9 trillion won by the Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S survey.