STOCKHOLM, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Swedish banks will make lower
losses than expected in the next few years due to improving
economic conditions, but they could face financing problems if
domestic house prices fall, the central bank said on Thursday.
The Riksbank forecast loan losses of 42 billion crowns
($6.01 billion) in 2010 to 2013 at the four top Swedish lenders
– Nordea (NDA.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Handelsbanken (SHBa.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), SEB (SEBa.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and
Swedbank (SWEDa.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).
STOCKHOLM, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Swedish engineer Atlas Copco
(ATCOa.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) expects demand to remain favourable going into next
year, with margins remaining at recent robust levels after a
strong recovery in demand this year.
“I still see a positive trend,” said Ronnie Leten, chief
executive of the maker of compressors and machinery for mining
and construction industries.
STOCKHOLM, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Swedish tool and machinery
maker Sandvik (SAND.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said a stronger Swedish crown had robbed
it of some of the benefits of firmer demand after posting a
smaller-than-expected rise in third-quarter earnings.
“The seasonal weakening, which adversely impacts sales
and earnings, was offset by a continued improvement in demand in
most markets,” the company said in a statement.
STOCKHOLM, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Swedish power group Vattenfall
[VATN.UL] said it expected electricity prices to remain
depressed for years to come even while posting a 65 percent rise
in third-quarter operating profit, helped by lower costs.
Europe’s fifth-largest electricity producer has been hit in
recent quarters by lower demand due to the global downturn and
margin pressure from new production while it also needs to meet
the need for more sustainable energy sources.
STOCKHOLM, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Assa Abloy AB (ASSAb.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the
world’s biggest lock maker, stuck to its forecast for only
slight organic sales growth this year as it expects European
government spending cuts to crimp demand.
The Swedish company, much of whose revenue is linked to
construction work and which sells locks under brands such as
Yale and Abloy, beat forecasts with a 21 percent rise in
third-quarter profit on Wednesday.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Truck maker Scania (SCVb.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) missed expectations for third-quarter sales growth and warned that bottlenecks could emerge among suppliers as production rates rose, sending its shares down more than 4 percent.
Sales at the group, majority-owned by Germany’s Volkswagen (VOWG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), rose to 18.6 billion crowns ($2.8 billion) from 13.4 billion a year ago due to firming market demand, but came in shy of the 20.0 billion seen in a Reuters poll of analysts.
STOCKHOLM, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Swedish compressor and
machinery maker Atlas Copco (ATCOa.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) beat forecasts with
record third-quarter earnings and said on Friday it expected
demand in the near term to improve somewhat.
Atlas Copco and peers in Sweden’s engineering industry have
rebounded rapidly from the plunge triggered by the global
financial crisis, powered by surging sales in Asia and Latin
America and with cost cuts lifting margins to record levels.
STOCKHOLM, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Volvo (VOLVb.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s
second-biggest truck maker, said market growth will remain in
double digits in both Europe and North America next year as it
rolled out stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings on Friday.
Volvo and rivals such as market leader Daimler (DAIGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
have seen the highly cyclical demand for heavy-duty trucks pick
up in recent months after weathering the worst downturn in
decades due to the global financial crisis.
STOCKHOLM, Oct 19 (Reuters) – SKF, (SKFb.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) the world’s
biggest bearings maker, raised its financial goals on Tuesday
after unveiling forecast-beating quarterly earnings, predicting
a further rise in demand and making a $1 billion acquisition.
The Swedish company said it was buying U.S.-based
lubrication systems company Lincoln Industrial on a cash and
debt free basis, one of the group’s biggest acquisitions.
STOCKHOLM, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Sweden’s government, setting
what some analysts said was a cautious 2011 draft budget, said
on Tuesday it would run a slightly wider than expected fiscal
deficit and forecast softer but still healthy economic growth.
The Nordic country has bounced back from its deepest
downturn in decades relatively quickly compared with its
European neighbours, with public finances in good shape thanks
to a recovery in exports and strong domestic demand.