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Sweden's Volvo posted a smaller-than-expected rise in quarterly pretax earnings on Wednesday, but was upbeat on demand in Europe while remaining confident about a recovery in the troubled U.S. market.
Electrolux reported third-quarter core earnings below market expectations on Monday and said uncertainty had increased over whether it would meet its outlook of somewhat higher full-year earnings.
Defense and aerospace group Saab on Friday posted third-quarter pretax earnings short of forecasts and said it expected overall 2007 growth would be in line with last year.
Shares in telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson lost nearly a quarter of their value Tuesday, after the company issued a drastic profit warning, saying third-quarter earnings would be well below expectations.
Hennes & Mauritz beat expectations with a 25% year-on-year rise in September sales, its second-strongest figure in five years, signaling a buoyant reception for its winter fashions and online shops.
Investor, the investment group controlled by Sweden's Wallenberg family, said Thursday it swung to a loss in the third quarter and cited the recent market turbulence and credit crisis stemming from the U.S. subprime lending morass.
Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz posted below-consensus third-quarter pretax profit on Wednesday due to weaker revenues than expected, but the company said sales in the fourth quarter had developed well.
Sweden's Financial Supervisory Authority (FI) said it would investigate to see if OMX used inappropriate defense measures after Borse Dubai launched an unsolicited bid for the exchange owner.
Norwegian financial group Storebrand on Monday announced a deal to buy Sweden's Handelsbanken's insurance and pensions subsidiary SSP for 18 billion Swedish kronor (1.9 billion euros; $2.65 billion), creating the Nordic region's leading life insurance and pensions provider.
Swiss-Swedish engineering company ABB said on Monday it had agreed to sell its Lummus Global business to Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I) for an enterprise value of $950 million.
State-run Borse Dubai violated Swedish takeover law in the run-up to a bid for exchange owner OMX but no action against the group is planned, a Swedish regulator said on Thursday.
U.S. exchange Nasdaq said it was talking to key shareholders in OMX to persuade them to accept a share-only bid for the Nordic exchange operator and that some had agreed, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.
Borse Dubai launched a $4 billion cash offer for Nordic exchange owner OMX on Friday, trumping an agreed deal with U.S. exchange Nasdaq, in a bid to create a group with global reach.
The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority said Thursday it has sent more questions to Borse Dubai regarding its share and option purchase in Nordic stock exchange operator OMX last week.
Hedge funds have acquired about 25% of OMX ahead of an expected takeover battle for the Nordic market operator between Nasdaq and Borse Dubai, the Financial Times reported.
Hennes & Mauritz said its sales in July rose 14% year-on year, while market expectations were for a 15.1% rise, according to a survey of analysts by SME Direkt.
Swedish bus and truckmaker Volvo on Wednesday said its second-quarter net profit dropped 14 percent, mainly hurt by higher costs and continued tough market conditions in North America.
Ericsson, the world's biggest mobile network maker, reported softer second-quarter earnings than expected on Friday, posting flat sales in its key European market and disappointing the market in its multimedia drive.
Swedish drug company Meda said on Friday it signed an $800 million cash-and-stock deal to buy allergy and pain treatment specialist MedPointe. from a group of U.S. investors.
OMX posted a second quarter profit after financial items of 369 million Swedish krona ($55.47 million), up from 266 million last year, boosted by a 101 million Swedish krona ($15.18 million)capital gain, and with all divisions showing improved profitability.