Continental AG Fourth-Quarter Sales Rise as Tire Business Grows

Continental AG, Europe’s second-biggest car-parts maker, said revenue in the fourth quarter will be slightly higher than in the third as the company’s tire and electronics businesses grew faster than competitors.

Customer demand shows that the fourth quarter is developing very well, said Antje Lewe, a spokeswoman for the Hanover, Germany-based company, confirming a report in today’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

“The environmental requirements for tires and the higher safety requirements is something from which we as a supplier are profiting,” Lewe said by telephone. “Demand from our customers particularly in the tire business and the electronics business has grown strongly.”

Earnings before interest and taxes at Continental, whose biggest shareholder is German roller-bearing maker Schaeffler Group, surged 74 percent to 635.7 million euros ($822 million) in the third quarter on sales of 7.71 billion euros. The company has predicted full-year revenue of 29.5 billion euros or more.

Continental will publish full fourth-quarter figures alongside its annual results on March 1.

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