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ABB Q4 profit rise tempered by dollar strength

Swiss engineer ABB reported on Thursday a smaller-than-expected rise in quarterly profit, blaming an appreciation of the U.S. dollar and warning that the negative currency effect was likely to continue this year.

Net profit rose 30 percent to $680 million in the three months through December, helped by gains from the sale of businesses, but missed an average analyst estimate for $720 million in a Reuters poll.

The Zurich-based firm said fourth-quarter orders fell 6 percent to $9.37 billion due to the strong U.S. dollar and a decline in large orders from the oil and gas sector, missing consensus for $9.94 billion.

Like rivals Siemens and Schneider Electric, ABB has grappled with a sluggish global recovery that has delayed capital spending by its customers, which include utility companies and oil, gas and mining firms, as well as a slide in oil prices.


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