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LG Electronics net profit down 8.0% due to increased marketing costs

AFP  Seoul, July 24, 2013
First Published: 11:48 IST(24/7/2013) | Last Updated: 11:49 IST(24/7/2013)

South Korea's LG Electronics said Wednesday its second-quarter net profit fell 8% from a year earlier largely due to tough competition and increased marketing costs.

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The world's number two TV maker posed a net profit of 156 billion won ($140 million) in the April-June period, compared with a profit of 169 billion won a year earlier.

Operating profit fell 9.0% year-on-year to 479 billion won, while sales jumped 10.1% to 15.23 trillion won.

LG said the revenue of its mobile communications division rose 34.5% from a year ago to 3.12 trillion won.

The company said it sold 12.1 million smartphones in the second quarter, a quarterly record.

LG said it would continue to improve its performance in the third quarter through reduced costs and effective marketing.

The company predicted tough competition and weak demand in the third-quarter TV market.

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