ASML sticks to profit forecast

Chip machine maker ASML received its lowest number of orders in two years in the second quarter of 2007 but is maintaining its earlier forecast that full year profit growth will overtake 2006.

The company took orders for 30 systems in the second quarter – well below analysts’ forecasts. Turnover was down slightly at €935.2m with net profit at €160.5m, 5% up on the previous quarter.

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