STOCKHOLM Feb 23 Garden equipment group
Husqvarna, hit by production problems in the United
States, sank to a bigger-than-expected fourth quarter loss on
Thursday and said it was difficult to judge future demand.
The Swedish group, the world's biggest maker of outdoor
power equipment, made an operating loss of 236 million crowns
($35.40 million), more than the average forecast in a Reuters
poll of 174 million crowns and the loss last year in the same
period of 36 million crowns.
"The outlook regarding consumer demand is difficult to
assess," the group said in a statement.
It saw its listings at retailers, a measure of how much
floorspace it commands, being unchanged in the 2012 peak
($1 = 6.6673 Swedish crowns)
(Reporting by Patrick Lannin)