‘Mixed performance’ from KPN
Both turnover and earnings were down at Telecom group KPN in the third quarter as ‘difficult market conditions’ continued to bite.
Group earnings were down 6.5% at €3bn while net profit fell 32% to €250m. Both figures are worse than analysts had expected.
One reason is that strong competition in the German growth market is counteracting sales growth from new subscription models, the company said.
Chief executive Eelco Blok said in a statement: ‘Against an uncertain and challenging macro environment, we have seen mixed performance across the group.’
Nevertheless, KPN is on track in the Netherlands to reach its 2012 market share targets, he said.
The company’s plan to cut 4,000-5,000 jobs is also on target to be completed by the end of 2013.
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