Ericsson's profits rise 49 per cent, but sales down

STOCKHOLM – Networks maker Ericsson’s profits jumped 49 per cent in the first quarter but the results were lower than expected and the company announced a shakeup of its leadership structure to drive growth.

The Stockholm-based company on Thursday reported a net profit of 1.97 billion kronor ($244 million), up from 1.4 billion kroner, mainly due to cost cuts.

Sales dropped 2 per cent to 52.2 billion kronor amid weak results in Europe and some emerging markets.

The earnings were below expectations and Ericsson shares fell 10 per cent to 70.70 kronor in Stockholm after the report.

Ericsson appointed new members to its executive team and said it will reorganize the company into five business units, which CEO Hans Vestberg said “will create a leaner, more fit for purpose organization.”