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Lufthansa: halved profits this quarter no problem

Germany's biggest airline Lufthansa said on Friday that one-off charges cut its bottom line almost in half in the second quarter of the year, but insisted that its performance had improved outside of those factors.

Lufthansa: halved profits this quarter no problem
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Furthermore, the firm said it was sticking to its targets for a rise in both revenues and operating profit for the whole of the year.

In the period from April to June, Lufthansa’s net profit nose-dived by 42.6 percent to €255 million, missing analysts’ expectations for a figure of about €300 million.

Revenues eased slightly by 0.7 percent to €7.836 billion and operating or underlying profit was down 27.4 percent at €431 million.

Taking the first half of the year, Lufthansa flew in a net loss of €204 million on revenues that had slipped by 0.3 percent to €14.464 billion.

Nevertheless, “adjusted for restructuring costs and one-off effects, the Lufthansa group increased its operating result by €233 million” in the period from January to June, the group insisted.

“The restructuring of the Lufthansa Group is gaining speed,” said chief financial officer Simone Menne.

“Without the one-off effects, the group’s operating profit would have been higher than in the first half of last year,” she said.

And looking ahead to the full year, “the Lufthansa group still anticipates that revenue will be up on last year and that the operating result will be higher” than the €524 million recorded in 2012, the statement said.

AFP/hc

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Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.

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