* Services to installed reactor bases boost revenue
* Backlog down 5 bln euros from record level in 2012
* Renewable energy revenue down 25 pct
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PARIS, Oct 24 French nuclear group Areva
said strong growth in uranium mining and nuclear
waste handling boosted its sales by 4.7 percent in the first
nine months of 2013, but its order book fell by five billion to
42 billion euros.
On a like-for-like basis, sales were up 7.6 percent to 6.85
billion euros ($9.46 billion) compared with the first nine
months of 2012, but third-quarter revenue from Areva's core
nuclear operations was stable compared with the third quarter of
2012, Areva said in a statement on Thursday.
The company also confirmed its 2013 revenue outlook. In
February, Areva said it expected organic revenue growth in the
range of 3 to 6 percent in its nuclear business.
Areva's nuclear business - which includes mining, nuclear
fuel, reactors and waste handling - saw revenue rise 9.9 percent
to 6.45 billion euros in the first nine months. Uranium mining
saw the strongest growth, with revenue up 32 percent to 1.22
billion euros on a like-for-like basis.
An Areva spokesman told Reuters the order book shrinkage was
mainly due the fact that its 2012 order book had been boosted to
a record 47 billion euros by a large nuclear fuel order from
French utility EDF.
Growth at Areva's key reactors and services unit was a tepid
1.5 percent to 2.44 billion euros, but Areva said an agreement
between EDF and the UK government to build two Areva-designed
EPR reactors at Hinkley Point would strengthen its position in
the newbuild market and bolster the credibility of its EPR.
On Monday, Areva said it would take a 10 percent stake in
the 16 billion pound EDF-led project, which is contingent on EU
approval and financing for the deal.
Areva also said that revenue at its renewable energy
business unit was below forecast, mainly due to the current
indecisiveness in the renewable energy market.
Nine-month revenue at the unit, which represents less than
five percent of total revenue, fell 25 percent to 292 million
($1 = 0.7245 euros)
(Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by James Regan and Mark