Struggling Nokia sells HQ
Wednesday 5 Dec 2012 7:58 a.m.
An exterior view of the Nokia headquarters (Reuters)
Nokia plans to sell its head office near the Finnish capital to real estate investors for €170 million as the struggling cellphone maker continues to cut costs.
CFO Timo Ihamuotila says the deal, to be concluded later this month, is in line with aims to shed non-core activities, adding that Nokia will continue to operate from the Espoo headquarters "on a long-term basis".
The Finnish company has operated in the glass and steel structure, known as Nokia House, since 1997.
Tuesday's announcement comes amid fierce competition in the smartphone market in which the former No1 phone maker has been edged out by Samsung Electronics and Apple's iPhone. Nokia has announced 10,000 job cuts and is streamlining operations to save €1.6 billion by the end of 2013.