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STOCKHOLM Feb 7 Skanska, the Nordic
region's biggest builder, posted fourth-quarter operating
earnings and order intake slightly below expectations on Friday
but said the outlook for its geographical markets and segments
was slowly improving.
Sweden's Skanska said operating earnings fell to 1.65
billion crowns ($254 million) from a year-ago 1.74 billion
versus a mean forecast of 1.75 billion in a Reuters poll of
The company proposed a dividend of 6.25 crowns per share
compared to an average of 6.23 crowns foreseen by analysts.
($1 = 6.4954 Swedish crowns)