July 25, 2019 / 5:14 AM / a month ago

Nokia Q2 beats forecasts on rising demand

July 25 (Reuters) - Finnish telecom network equipment maker Nokia on Thursday reported a surprise rise in quarterly profits, citing rising demand, and stuck to its 2019 forecasts.

Nokia reported April-June underlying earnings per share of 0.05 euros, compared with a 0.03 euros average forecast in a Refinitiv poll.

The company said second quarter revenues rose 7% from a year ago to 5.69 billion euros ($6.34 billion), beating analysts’ average forecast of 5.43 billion in the poll.

The telecom networks industry has faced slowing demand since 4G network sales peaked in the middle of the decade, but a new cycle of network upgrades appears to be kicking in as demand for 5G technology increases. ($1 = 0.8981 euros) (Reporting by Tarmo Virki; editing by Uttaresh.V)

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