May 2, 2018 / 9:01 AM / a year ago

Nakheel Q1 profit rises 5 percent, hands over fewer units

DUBAI, May 2 (Reuters) - Dubai developer Nakheel reported a 5 percent increase in first quarter net profit on Wednesday while handing over fewer than half the number of units it did a year earlier.

Dubai’s residential property market is showing few signs of rebounding from a three-year downturn caused by modest demand and increasing supply from new developments.

Net profit for the January-March quarter rose to 1.55 billion dirhams ($422 million) from 1.48 billion, the state-owned developer said in a statement.

The developer of Dubai’s palm-shaped islands, which did not disclose its revenue for the period, said the quarterly profit was in line with its own forecasts.

Nakheel handed over almost 200 land and built form units to customers, down from 412 a year earlier, it said.

Retail, hospitality and residential leasing businesses “continued to perform robustly”, the company said.

Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah told Reuters this month the developer expects to build more shopping malls in the United Arab Emirates outside its Dubai base following a recent agreement in neighbouring Sharjah.

$1 = 3.6728 UAE dirham Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; editing by Jason Neely

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