MILAN (Reuters) - Italian aerospace and defense group Finmeccanica SIFI.MI said on Tuesday its core earnings in the first quarter rose 5 percent boosted by its helicopter and aeronautics businesses.
In a statement the state-controlled group said core earnings, or before interest, tax and amortization, were 181 million euros ($235 million).
Net profit in the period fell to 6 million euros from 24 million euros a year ago.
The company confirmed its guidance for the full year.
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Reporting By Stephen Jewkes, editing by Danilo Masoni