Volkswagen doing well, despite emissions fine
Volkswagen says its first-half operating profit beat expectations, helped by cost cutting at its core VW brand and rising European car sales, but announced another €2.2 billion provision related to its emissions scandal.
Europe's biggest carmaker said its operating profit for the six months ended June, excluding one-off items, rose 7 percent to €7.5 billion.
In an unscheduled update ahead of interim results on July 28, it said this was ahead of analysts' expectations, although it did not say what those expectations were.
At 0950 GMT, Volkswagen (VW) shares were up 5.1 percent at €122.35.
Including the one-off items, however, VW said its operating profit dropped 22 percent to €5.3 billion.
VW admitted in September it installed illegal software that deactivated pollution controls on more than 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide, sparking the biggest business crisis in its history.
It has already set aside €16.2 billion to pay for technical fixes for cars that violate clean air standards, buybacks of vehicles and legal costs.
VW said an improvement in European car markets as well as the return of orders from large corporate fleets had bolstered earnings at its namesake brand.
The company said it still expected 2016 sales revenue to decline as much as 5 percent from 2015, and an operating return on sales of 5 to 6 percent.