Tokyo: Hitachi Ltd’s quarterly profit slipped 9%, hurt by a strong yen and weak demand for its power systems and electronic devices, and kept its earnings forecast.

Visitors walk past the Hitachi Ltd. booth at CEATEC JAPAN 2011 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City, Japan, on 4 October 2011. Bloomberg.

Hitachi, whose sprawling empire spans thermal plants, excavators and microwave ovens, kept its earnings forecast for an operating profit at ¥400 billion in the year to March, down 10% from the previous year and below the ¥427 billion consensus estimate by 22 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Hitachi has been betting on sales of construction equipment in emerging markets as well as demand for smart grids, cables and other infrastructure-related businesses to help erase weakness in its TVs, chips and displays.

Shares in Hitachi, which has been steadily selling or hiving off struggling operations, have recovered to January levels compared with a 20% fall in Tokyo’s electrical machinery subindex.

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