Siemens reports rise in full-year profits

Despite a huge leap in full-year net income, German electronics and engineering group Siemens reported a drop in fourth-quarter...

Despite a huge leap in full-year net income, German electronics and engineering group Siemens reported a drop in fourth-quarter earnings due to charges from its transportation and mobile communications divisions.

Net income in the group's fourth quarter dropped to €654m (£458m) from €724m in the same period the year before, the Munich-based manufacturer said.

Fourth-quarter revenue rose 5% to €20.8bn from €19.8bn the year before.

In the past business year, Siemens chief executive officer Heinrich von Pierer, who is moving over to the supervisory board in January, had to deal with design faults in a line of trains and software bugs in a new range of mobile phones that delayed deliveries to retailers. Von Pierer will hand over to Klaus Kleinfeld after being at the helm of Siemens for 12 years.

For 2004, Siemens reported a net income rise 39% to €3.41bn from €2.45bn.

John Blau writes for IDG News Service

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