Infineon Upgrades Outlook

Sees growth of 10% from Oct. 2009 until Oct. 2010

Semi-conductor maker Infineon upgraded its turnover and profits forecast over the next 12 months because of higher demand from the auto industry and cost cuts.

"Assuming a stabilizing or growing world economy, currently high demand and order levels lead Infineon to expect sales growth of 10% or more" during its fiscal year between October 2009 and October 2010, the company said.

Infineon also forecast that the biggest increase in revenue would come from the automotive industry, which is recovering from a severe slump in demand that had helped drag down the semi-conductor maker's results in recent months.

In its 2008-2009 financial year, Infineon said sales had fallen 22% to 3.02 billion euros (US$4.49 billion.)

But in the July-September quarter of this year, the company said it had managed to eke out a net profit of 14 million euros.

"We made a net profit in the fourth quarter. I don't see why we can't make a profit over the financial year," Infineon's chief financial officer Marco Schroeter said.

Infineon was facing financial ruin earlier this year because of the collapse of the global automotive industry and after its loss-making flash memory unit Qimonda filed for insolvency in January.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2009

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