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LG Electronics profit surges 165%
Publish Date: Jul 24, 2014
LG Electronics profit surges 165%
A file photo taken on September 6, 2013 showing people wearing 3D glasses as they look at a video wall at the booth of South Korean electronics giant LG at the 53rd IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) electronics trade fair in Berlin. PHOTO/AFP
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SEOUL - LG Electronics posted a 165 percent surge in second-quarter net profit Thursday from a year ago, on solid TV sales and a dramatic turnaround in its long-troubled mobile unit.

Net profit for the South Korean electronics giant in the April-June period amounted to 412 billion won ($399.8 million), LG said in a statement.

Operating profit also soared 26.5 percent for the previous year to 606 billion won, while sales rose 0.9 percent to 15.37 trillion won.

Operating profit of the firm's TV unit -- which accounts for the lion's share of LG's overall sales -- rose 65 percent on-year to 154.5 billion won, LG said, adding its TV sales remained nearly unchanged at 5.09 trillion won.

The firm noted the popularity of its ultra high-definition TVs in key markets.

LG's handset unit also recorded a dramatic turnaround with an operating profit of 85.9 billion won after racking up losses for three past consecutive quarters.

The world's fifth-largest smartphone maker struggled for years with sluggish sales after making a late entry to the market following competitors like Samsung.

But the firm recently showed signs of revival, shipping a record 14.5 million smartphones in the second quarter, a 20 percent increase from a year ago.

"Much of the success was due to the initial popularity of the LG G3 in the Korean market and strong sales of L series smartphones," it said.

LG's latest flagship smartphone, the G3, won rave reviews after its launch in May.

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