The vendor noted, though, that the year-on-year comparison has been hit hard by currency exchange rate differences, and that at a constant $/€ exchange rate its third-quarter revenues would have been about the same as last year's €3.67 billion ($4.95 billion).
The equipment firm's financials were released as part of parent Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s earnings announcement: Nokia reported revenues of €12.24 billion ($16.53 billion), below analyst expectations. Nokia's share price fell nearly 2.5 percent to €11.50 on the Helsinki exchange.
The European and Chinese markets were the main contributors to NSN's sales dip. Revenues in Europe fell 9.5 percent year-on-year to €1.36 billion ($1.84 billion), while revenues from China fell 22.6 percent to €288 million ($389 million).
The drop in Chinese sales can be attributed to the capex squeeze caused by the country's telecom reorganization and the halt of major work during the Olympic Games: Those factors are expected to hurt the third-quarter sales of a number of major international vendors. (See China Begins $70B Carrier Revamp.)
NSN did, though, see a year-on-year increase in revenues from the Asia/Pacific (without China) and Latin America markets, at 5.3 percent and 10.2 percent respectively. (See table below.)
Table 1: Nokia Siemens Revenues by Region (in � millions)
|Q3 2008||Q3 2007||Y/Y change||Q2 2008||Q/Q change|
|Middle East and Africa||424||448||-5.4%||553||-23.3%|
|Source: Nokia Corp.|
NSN's gross margin rose to 30.8 percent from 28.3 percent a year ago, and reported an operating loss (including one-time charges and special items) of just €1 million ($1.35 million), compared with a loss of €120 million ($162 million) in the third quarter of 2007.
Excluding one-time charges and special items, NSN reported an operating profit of €177 million ($239 million), up from the €110 million ($149 million) reported a year earlier.
— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading