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BlackBerry posts profit, Z10 a hit

Mar 28 2013 14:39 Reuters

The new touch screen BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. (Lefteris Pitarakis, AP)

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Toronto - BlackBerry announced an unexpected quarterly profit on demand for the new touchscreen device that holds the key to its successful turnaround, but revenue remained far below year-earlier levels.

The smartphone maker said on Thursday that it had sold about 1 million of the new Z10 devices during the fourth quarter ended March 2.

It shipped roughly 6 million smartphones in that period.

Net income in the quarter was $98m, or 19 cents a share, compared with a year-earlier loss of $125m, or 24 cents a share.

Shares of the Waterloo, Ontario-based company fell 1.1% to $14.40 in premarket trading after the results were released.

BlackBerry said it believed it would approach break-even financial results in the first quarter, based on a lower cost base, more efficient supply chain, and its improved hardware margins.

Analysts on average had been expecting a loss of 10 cents a share in the first quarter, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Yet the company, which has lost market share to rivals like Apple, is far from out of the woods. Quarterly revenue fell to $2.68bn from $4.2bn a year earlier.

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