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Philips Q4 core profit up 7% on continued strong COVID-19 demand

AMSTERDAM, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Dutch health technology company Philips on Monday reported a 7% increase in fourth-quarter core earnings as the coronavirus pandemic continued to spur demand for hospital equipment needed to treat COVID-19 patients.

Philips said adjusted earnings before interest, taxes and amortisation (EBITA) increased to 1.14 billion euros ($1.39 billion) in the October-December period, with comparable sales up 7% at 6 billion euros.

Analysts polled by the company on average had expected core earnings of 1.12 billion euros on 5.91 billion euros of sales.

$1 = 0.8210 euros Reporting by Bart Meijer; Editing by Tom Hogue

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