November 20, 2019 / 6:52 AM / a month ago

European third quarter earnings still seen down 4.7%

FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Staff

MILAN (Reuters) - Earnings expectations for European listed companies for the third quarter remained stable, leaving the region stuck in a corporate recession, data published late on Tuesday showed.

Companies on the pan-European STOXX 600 index are expected to report a 4.7% decline in earnings for the July-September quarter, unchanged compared to the drop expected a week ago, according to the latest data from I/B/E/S Refinitiv.

At the end of October, expectations were for a fall of 8.6%.

Overall, the current earnings season is set for its third straight decline and worst quarterly performance since Q3 2016. So far, based on the companies which have already published their results, profits have fallen 5.8%.

Revenues in the quarter are now expected to rise 1.4% versus last week’s expectation of 1.5%.

Reporting by Danilo Masoni

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