Seoul– LG Electronics said on Friday its net profit nearly doubled in the third quarter from a year earlier on the back of strong global demand for its TVs and home appliances amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The South Korean tech giant said its net income reached $573.6 million in the July-September period, up 87.8 percent from 345.7 billion won the previous year.

Its third-quarter operating income stood at 959 billion won, up 22.7 per cent on-year, while sales reached 16.9 trillion won, rising 7.8 per cent over the same period. Both figures are record highs for the company in the third quarter.

The results were in line with the earnings guidance announced earlier this month that beat the market consensus, reports Yonhap news agency.

LG said its strong performance in the third quarter was driven by robust home appliance and TV sales amid the stay-at-home trend driven by the pandemic.

“Our home appliance division saw slumped demand in the first half of the year due to COVID-19,” the company said in a conference call. “However, we are seeing pent-up demand in the second half of the year”.

“We expect demand to increase next year, although it is difficult to rise to pre-pandemic levels,” the company said. “Recovery to such levels will take a long time.”

The tech giant’s home entertainment division, which includes its organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TVs, logged sales of 3.67 trillion won, up 14.3 percent over the same period.

The South Korean tech giant’s struggling mobile business narrowed its operating losses to 148.4 billion won in the third quarter. The company’s mobile business has been in the red since the second quarter of 2015.

LG said sales from its mobile division stood at 1.52 trillion won, up 16.5 percent on-quarter, thanks to a recovery in global demand for mobile phones.

LG has expanded its budget smartphone lineup in major markets to overcome the division’s slump. (IANS)