French Thales' nine-month order intake down 6%

PARIS, Oct 22 (Reuters) - French defence firm Thales - which cut its full-year sales target last week - said on Tuesday that its order intake for the first nine months of the year had fallen six percent to 12.41 billion euros ($13.84 billion) on organic basis.

Europe’s largest defence electronics company confirmed that revenues were flat on comparable basis in the first nine months on the year.

On Thursday, Thales had already cut its 2019 revenue growth forecast, mainly because of slow sales of commercial satellites and production delays with an Australian military vehicle project.

The company expects full-year revenues to grow around one percent on an organic or like-for-like basis, rather than a previous goal of around three percent. All other financial targets remain unchanged. ($1 = 0.8969 euros) (Reporting by Matthieu Protard Editing by GV De Clercq)