Taiwan's HTC posts first-quarter loss, lags estimates

TAIPEI, April 7 Mon Apr 7, 2014 5:26am EDT

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TAIPEI, April 7 (Reuters) - Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp on Monday posted a wider-than-expected loss for the first quarter of 2014 as sales continued to decline.

Net loss was T$1.88 billion ($62.06 million) in January-March, compared with a mean loss of T$1.59 billion estimated by 18 analysts polled by Reuters.

The result also compared with a profit of T$300 million in the previous quarter - largely attributed to the sale of a stake in headphone maker Beats Electronics LLC - and profit of T$85 million a year earlier.

Shares of HTC closed 3.57 percent higher on Monday ahead of the earnings release, compared with a 0.14 percent decline in the benchmark index. ($1 = 30.2910 Taiwan Dollars) (Reporting by Michael Gold; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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