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China's Huawei reports modest revenue growth for first three quarters

SHENZHEN: China’s Huawei Technologies saw a slight uptick in revenue in the first three quarters of 2023, with the company citing growth in its digital power and cloud businesses as well as the growing competitiveness of its vehicle components unit.

Huawei posted revenues of 456.6 billion yuan (US$62.4 billion)for the first three quarters of the year, up 2.4 per cent from a year earlier.

In contrast to the modest rise in revenue, profit rose 177.8 per cent in the period to 73.05 billion yuan, according to Reuters calculations.

The rise in profit stemmed from payments related to Huawei’s sale of its Honor smartphone unit in November 2020, along with management and sales strategy improvements, a company spokesperson said.

For the third quarter, revenue rose 1.5 per cent to 145.7 billion yuan, according to Reuters calculations.

The growth was “in line with forecast,” Huawei’s rotating Chairman Ken Hu said in a press release.

Huawei’s smartphone sales surged in the third quarter thanks to the release of the Mate 60 series at the end of August, three research firms said this week, with Counterpoint Research reporting a 37 per cent year-on-year increase for the company.

That marks a comeback for Huawei, though from a low base, since their smartphone business has been hard hit by US export controls imposed against the company since 2019.

Counterpoint said Huawei ranked as the sixth-largest smartphone brand in China during the quarter with a share of 12.9 per cent, up from 9.1 per cent from the same period a year ago.

Honor remained the biggest brand, with shipments of 11.8 million units and an 18 per cent market share, Counterpoint said.

However, the Huawei spokesperson attributed the third-quarter revenue growth to increases in the digital power, cloud and auto parts businesses, while the Mate 60 series was released relatively late in the quarter.

Richard Yu, Huawei’s Smart Car CEO, announced earlier this month that the Huawei-backed electric-vehicle brand Aito has received more than 70,000 orders for its revamped M7 model, and that it was investing in its supply chain to meet demand.

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