Ericsson shares fly as Swedish telecom giant caps losses | 4/20/2018 | Staff
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Swedish telecoms firm Ericsson posted improved first quarter results Friday, as it presses a massive cost-saving drive that has prompted thousands of jobs cuts.

Investors welcomed the news, with Ericsson's share price jumping nearly 17 percent of the Stockholm stock exchange in Friday trading.

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Ericsson reported an 80 million euro ($99 million) loss for the first three months of 2018—a major improvement from the 1.13 billion euro loss of the same period last year.

"The improvements in the quarter are encouraging," the statement said, adding that it had raised its gross margin from 19 percent to 36 percent.

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"However, more work remains to be done. We have confidence in the strategic direction laid out and remain fully committed to our long-term targets."

The company in July 2017 launched a major restructuring drive that has seen nearly 18,000 jobs cut, the statement said.

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Some 3,000 of the layoffs were made in the first three months of this year.

Ericsson, once a market leader in the mobile phone industry, saw its earnings slump year after year following the meteoric rise of smartphone giants in the United States and Asia.

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But it has fought on against the odds, adapting to the rapidly shifting market by focusing its attention on research and development of new technologies for telecoms equipment.

'Complete confidence'

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"Our efforts to improve efficiency in service delivery and common costs are starting to pay off," CEO Borje...
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