Deutsche Post hikes targets again as trade rebounds

A delivery package is seen in the new DHL Express hub of German postal and logistics group Deutsche Post DHL at the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport in Tremblay-en-France near Paris, France, October 5, 2021. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
  • 2021 EBIT target lifted to "more than 7.7 bln euros"
  • 2023 EBIT target hiked to "more than 8 bln euros"
  • Q3 EBIT rose 29% to 1.8 bln euros

BERLIN, Nov 4 (Reuters) - German logistics company Deutsche Post DHL (DPWGn.DE) increased its forecast again on Thursday for short- and medium-term profits as global trade recovered andpandemic-driven e-commerce shipments stabilised at a high level as stores reopened.

Deutsche Post increased its forecast for 2021 operating profit to more than 7.7 billion euros ($8.92 billion) from a previous target of more than 7 billion, and for 2023 to more than 8 billion euros from more than 7.4 billion.

Deutsche Post, one of the world's biggest logistics companies, had already flagged that it would increase its outlook when it published preliminary third-quarter results last month.

On Thursday, it confirmed that quarterly earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) jumped 29% to 1.8 billion euros, while revenue rose 24% to 20 billion euros.

"The prospects for Deutsche Post DHL Group's future development remain positive: global trade returns to its old strength. Online shopping is maintaining its new higher level," Chief Executive Frank Appel said in a statement.

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Reporting by Emma Thomasson Editing by Riham Alkousaa and Maria Sheahan

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