Kone CEO says sales, profit stronger in H2 2013 vs H1

HELSINKI Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:37am EST

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HELSINKI Jan 24 (Reuters) - Finnish lift and escalator maker Kone expects stronger sales and profit in the second half of 2013 than in the first half of the year, Chief Executive Matti Alahuhta told a conference call.

Kone said earlier on Thursday it expected full-year 2013 sales to grow 5-9 percent and operating profit to be around 840-920 million euros ($1.12-$1.22 billion). ($1 = 0.7530 euros) (Reporting by Terhi Kinnunen, editing by Patrick Lannin)

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