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Mercedes profits fall due to lower sales

Sales of top-end Mercedes dropped by 11 percent in the third quarter, while sales of fully electric vehicles jumped 66 percent
Sales of top-end Mercedes dropped by 11 percent in the third quarter, while sales of fully electric vehicles jumped 66 percent.

German carmaker Mercedes-Benz said Thursday that its profits fell in the third quarter due to a drop in vehicle deliveries amid shortages of some parts.

Net profits came in seven percent lower, at 3.7 billion euros ($3.9 billion), in the July to September period, the company said in a statement.

It was slightly better than a prediction by surveyed by financial data firm FactSet, who had forecast a figure of 3.4 billion euros.

Revenue fell 1.4 percent to 37.2 billion euros, partly because passenger car sales were around five percent lower in the quarter due to a shortage of some parts.

While supply chain problems that began during the coronavirus pandemic have largely eased for most carmakers, they still face occasional problems that can slow production.

Sales of top-end Mercedes dropped by 11 percent in the third quarter, while sales of fully electric vehicles jumped 66 percent.

There was some good news, with higher prices for cars and a rise in sales of premium vans.

This "helped to partially offset higher inflation, currency effects and supply-chain related costs", the carmaker said in a statement.

Mercedes-Benz left its for 2023 unchanged, with revenue and operating profit seen at the same level as last year.

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