Husqvarna Q3 op income misses forecasts

STOCKHOLM Thu Oct 24, 2013 2:22am EDT

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STOCKHOLM Oct 24 (Reuters) - Outdoor equipment maker Husqvarna on Thursday undershot expectations for the third quarter reporting roughly flat operating income, weighed down by a weak performance in North America.

The company reported an adjusted operating profit of 206 million Swedish crowns ($32.3 million) versus the 197 million in the same quarter of 2012 and the 339 million mean forecast in a Reuters poll.

"A positive development for Europe & Asia/Pacific was offset by a decline for Americas, as the majority of the strong sales growth in North America referred to low margin consumer products in the retail channel," CEO Kai Warn said in a statement.

($1 = 6.3794 Swedish crowns) (Reporting by Mia Shanley and Helena Soderpalm)

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