LG home appliance sales up 12%

In 2Q 2017 results.

LG Electronics has released its second-quarter 2017 revenues of KRW 14.55 trillion (USD 12.89 billion), an increase of nearly 4% from the same period last year, led by the home appliance unit, which reported a 12% sales increase from the 2016 second quarter.

Three of the company’s four main business units reported higher revenues than a year ago. Quarterly operating income of KRW 664.1 billion (USD 588.2 million) was 13.6% higher in 2017, despite a challenging quarter for the mobile business.

Home appliances and air solution

This segment accounted for the largest share of the second quarter’s revenue and operating income, KRW 5.25 trillion (USD 4.65 billion) and KRW 465.7 billion (USD 412.5 million) respectively. Among second-quarter highlights were strong sales in the Korean market, up 43% from the April-June period in 2016.

The business unit expects to see growing demand in North America, Europe and Asia while premium home appliances such as InstaView refrigerators and TWINWash washing machines are expected to contribute strong margins.

Home entertainment

This segment recorded KRW 343 billion (USD 303.80 million) in operating profit on revenues of KRW 4.23 trillion (USD 3.75 billion), a 2% increase from the 2016 second quarter despite the declining worldwide demand for TVs.

Strong second-quarter sales of premium TV products, such as LG OLED TVs and LG SUPER UHD TVs, coupled with improved cost management, resulted in a solid 8.1% operating profit margin. Premium TV sales are expected to remain strong for LG in the third quarter.

Mobile Communications

This segment saw a challenging second quarter with revenues of KRW 2.70 trillion (USD 2.39 billion) and an operating loss of KRW 132.4 billion (USD 117.27 million), nearly unchanged from the same period a year ago primarily due to weaker than expected premium smartphone sales and increase in component costs. The introduction of the new Q series and the rollout of a new high-end device in the weeks ahead are expected to bolster the company’s performance in the second half of 2017.

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