PARIS Nov 8 Europe's EADS unveiled
stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings boosted by
planemaker unit Airbus on Thursday and reaffirmed its financial
targets for the year as it pledged to focus on cash generation.
In its first trading update since calling off plans to merge
with Britain's BAE Systems last month, the
Franco-German-led company said its key A350 aircraft programme
remained challenging despite resolution of a wing production
EADS posted a 67 percent rise in third-quarter operating
profit to 537 million euros on sales of 12.324 billion euros, up
15 percent, compared with average analyst forecasts of 454
million operating profit and revenues of 11.853 billion.
It took a 76 million euro charge for the failure of U.S.
aircraft manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft.