Philips has announced net profits of €201m for the first quarter of 2010. The company expects growth to continue in to Q2 but has urged caution for the rest of the year.
Sales growth of 22% in its lighting business alongside growth in television sales have helped reverse the €57m loss over the same period of last year.
Naturally, last-year's results were hit hard by the worldwide recession – Philips cut some 5000 staff in 2009 – but the company was still keen to highlight the importance of the figures.
“While our Q1 results of course compare favourably with the recession-impacted Q1 2009, they are in an absolute sense at a level that we have not seen before in a first quarter,” said Gerard Kleisterlee, Philips' chief executive.
Emerging markets proved crucial with a 22% leap in sales year-on-year, led by growth in China and India.
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