By Dieter Holger

 

General Dynamics Corp. sales in the latest quarter fell below Wall Street's expectations, though the defense contractor's backlog remained up from a year ago and it beat profit forecasts.

The Reston, Va.-based company said Wednesday that net profit was $834 million, or $2.90 a share, in the third quarter. A year ago, profit was $913 billion, or $3.14 a share.

Analysts polled by FactSet had expected earnings of $2.88 a share.

Sales fell to $9.4 billion in the quarter from $9.8 billion a year earlier. Analysts had expected $9.6 billion.

General Dynamics said its backlog was $81.5 billion at the end of the quarter, up 21% from the previous year, buoyed by recent contracts for combat vehicles for Spain and software for the U.S.

 

Write to Dieter Holger at dieter.holger@wsj.com; @dieterholger

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

October 28, 2020 07:31 ET (11:31 GMT)

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