SKF Profits Rise

Improved auto market helps improve profits.

Sweden's SKF, the world's biggest maker of industrial bearings, said its second-quarter net profit rose from the figure for the same period in 2010, largely helped by an improving automobile market.

The company posted a profit of 1.71 billion Swedish kroner (U.S. $262 million) for the April-June quarter.

For the same period in 2010, it made a net profit of 1.41 billion kroner.

The results were slightly below analyst expectations, which SKF blamed on unfavorable foreign exchange and rising costs.

"We will continue to invest in our business and take the necessary steps to offset the high raw material costs and currency headwinds," chief executive Tom Johnstone said.

SKF said it expected demand to increase in the third quarter, especially in Asia and South America.

SKF, which also makes sealants, is an important supplier to many parts of the industrial processing chain and is therefore regarded as a leading indicator of activity in manufacturing and machine tooling.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011

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