|LG profit soars in second quarter
LG Electronics posted a 165 percent surge in second-quarter net profit Thursday from a year ago, on solid TV sales and a dramatic turnaround in its long-troubled mobile unit.
Net profit for the South Korean electronics giant in the April-June period amounted to 412 billion won (HK$3.12 billion), LG said in a statement.
Operating profit also soared 26.5 percent for the previous year to 606 billion won, while sales rose 0.9 percent to 15.37 trillion won.
Operating profit of the firm's TV unit -- which accounts for the lion's share of LG's overall sales -- rose 65 percent on-year to 154.5 billion won, LG said, adding its TV sales remained nearly unchanged at 5.09 trillion won.
The firm noted the popularity of its ultra high-definition TVs in key markets.
LG's handset unit also recorded a dramatic turnaround with an operating profit of 85.9 billion won after racking up losses for three past consecutive quarters.
The world's fifth-largest smartphone maker struggled for years with sluggish sales after making a late entry to the market following competitors like Samsung.
But the firm recently showed signs of revival, shipping a record 14.5 million smartphones in the second quarter, a 20 percent increase from a year ago.
"Much of the success was due to the initial popularity of the LG G3 in the Korean market and strong sales of L series smartphones,'' it said.
LG's latest flagship smartphone, the G3, won rave reviews after its launch in May. --AFP