Saab sales drop as defence budgets fall

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Image caption Governments have been trying to cut back the amount they spend on defence

Third quarter sales at Swedish aerospace and defence group Saab have fallen to 4.8bn kronor ($729m; £462m) from 5bn a year ago.

Saab added that it expected sales to continue to drop as defence spending is reined in by the US and Europe.

However, Saab did report a six-fold increase in profit to 1.1bn kronor.

Saab said over 900m kronor of this was due to it selling its majority interest in C3 Technologies, a high speed 3D mapping company for commercial use.

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