STOCKHOLM, April 26 Autoliv, the world's
biggest maker of car safety equipment like seatbelts and
airbags, reported first quarter earnings on Friday which rose
more than expected and it said it was helped by higher sales in
The Swedish company was also slightly more optimistic about
sales growth this year, expecting an organic sales rise, which
strips out acquisitions and currency movements, of 2 to 4
percent, rather than the 1 to 3 percent expected before.
Pretax profit for the first quarter of 2013 rose to $170
million from $141 million in the same period of 2012, beating
the average forecast in a Reuters poll of $162 million.