PARIS (Reuters) - Europe's EADS
Tom Enders, chief executive of the world's second largest aerospace firm after Boeing
EADS maintained forecasts of an increase of at least 10 percent in revenues and expected to deliver a 2012 operating profit of 2.7 billion euros. It aimed for a "breakeven" in free cash flow for the full year, with the language toned down from a "positive" cashflow forecast embedded in its half-year results.
In its first trading update since calling off plans to merge with Britain's BAE Systems
It posted a 67 percent rise in third-quarter operating profit to 537 million euros on sales of 12.324 billion euros, up 15 percent, compared with average analyst forecasts of 454 million operating profit and revenues of 11.853 billion.
EADS took a 76 million euro charge for the failure of U.S. aircraft manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft.
(Reporting by Tim Hepher, Cyril Altmeyer)