October 23, 2018 / 10:15 AM / in 2 months

Sandvik Q3 profit narrowly beats forecast

STOCKHOLM, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Swedish engineering firm Sandvik reported quarterly core earnings marginally ahead of market expectations on Tuesday and said order intake had improved significantly across all business areas.

Third-quarter adjusted operating earnings at the maker of metal-cutting tools and mining gear rose to 4.59 billion Swedish crowns ($510 million) from 3.34 billion crowns a year ago, beating a 4.52 billion crown mean forecast in a Reuters poll of analysts.

Order intake at Sandvik, which competes with Sweden's Epiroc in mining equipment and U.S. firm Kennametal in metal-cutting, rose to 24.2 billion crowns, just lagging the 24.6 billion crown mean poll forecast.

Sandvik shares were up 0.9 percent at 1009 GMT, compared with a 3.9 percent drop ahead of the results. ($1 = 9.0044 Swedish crowns) (Reporting by Johannes Hellstrom; editing by Niklas Pollard)

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