HELSINKI, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Finnish IT services provider Tieto reported an unexpected rise in quarterly underlying profit, as cost cuts helped to offset a slump in IT spending.
Tieto’s third-quarter operating profit, excluding one-off items, rose 1 percent to 38 million euros ($52 million), beating the market’s forecast for a slight fall. Sales fell to 373 million from 424 million a year ago, it said.
Tieto, which competes with bigger technology services companies such as IBM and Accenture, announced earlier this month that it would cut up to 770 jobs, about 5 percent of its workforce, due to slower sales.
The cuts follow 1,600 job losses in a restructuring announced in March 2012. ($1 = 0.7260 euros) (Reporting by Helsinki newsroom; Editing by David Cowell)