Philips TV
Dutch electronics giant admits TV profitability fell in Q4 2010, but cost cutting helped boost profits overall

Philips has highlighted declining profits at its TV division as "a major issue" while reporting its financial results for the final quarter of 2010.

"A weak television market, negative consumer sentiment in developed markets and inventory management in the trade which resulted in a particularly slow December" hit the business, says Philips president and chief executive Gerard Kleisterlee. 

Sales at the firm's Consumer Lifestyle division, which includes consumer electronics and small appliances, dropped 11 per cent to 2.7 billion Euros.

Overall, however, the Dutch electronics giant fared better, reporting a 79 per cent jump in profits compared to the same period in 2009, helped by cost cutting which saw net income rise to 465 million Euros (£395m) from 260 million Euros. Sales for the period were 7.4 billion Euros.

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