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VW lifts profit outlook after forecast-beating third-quarter earnings rise

  • Volkswagen lifted its profit guidance for this year after posting forecast-beating group earnings in the third quarter
  • The German car maker benefited from cost cuts in its core autos division
A Volkswagen XL1 plug-in diesel-electric hybrid automobile sits on display at a public Volkswagen event on March 15, 2014, in Berlin, Germany.
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A Volkswagen XL1 plug-in diesel-electric hybrid automobile sits on display at a public Volkswagen event on March 15, 2014, in Berlin, Germany.

Volkswagen lifted its profit guidance for this year after posting forecast-beating group earnings in the third quarter, benefiting from cost cuts at its core autos division.

Quarterly group earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) before special items jumped 15 percent to 4.31 billion euros ($5.01 billion) from 3.75 billion a year ago, Volkswagen (VW) said on Friday.

That beat even the highest estimate of 4.17 billion euros in a Reuters poll of banks and brokerages.

The Wolfsburg-based company said it now expected the group's operating margin to moderately exceed a target corridor of between 6.0 and 7.0 percent, having previously guided for the margin to hit that range.

Group revenue may exceed last year's 217.3 billion euros by more than 4 percent, VW said, keeping its previous guidance. Nine-month revenue was up 6.8 percent to 170.9 billion euros.