PARIS, March 8 Dassault Aviation
forecast a rise in net sales for 2017 compared to 2016, even
though its annual profit fell on the back of a drop in orders
and contracts last year.
The family-controlled maker of business jets and Rafale
fighter jets, whose rivals include Gulfstream, Bombardier
and Embraer, said on Wednesday that 2016
adjusted net profit fell 20 percent from a year ago to 384
million euros ($406 million).
However, Dassault Aviation was more upbeat for 2017, saying
that Rafale exports would boost sales, with the company
forecasting the delivery of 45 Falcon jets and 9 Rafale fighter
jets for 2017.
($1 = 0.9464 euros)
(Reporting by Cyril Altmeyer and Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by