Nokia posts quarterly profits below market expectations

HELSINKI, July 26 (Reuters) - Telecom network equipment maker Nokia on Thursday posted quarterly earnings below market expectations but repeated its full-year profit forecast, saying sales were set to recover later this year on the back of next-generation 5G roll-outs.

The Finnish company's non-IFRS operating profit, which it had signaled would be weak, fell 42 percent in the second quarter from a year ago to 334 million euros ($392 million), missing the analyst mean forecast of 373 million euros.

"Our backlog was strong at the end of Q2, and we continue to expect commercial 5G network deployments to begin near the end of 2018," Nokia said in a statement. ($1 = 0.8528 euros) (Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl in Helsinki and Johan Ahlander in Stockholm; Editing by Eric Auchard)