Samsung expects KRW20trn operating profit at mobile division in 2013

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Handset unit expected to generate KRW17 trillion operating profit this year.

Samsung Electronics Co. expects its mobile unit to see around 20 trillion South Korean won, or $18 billion, in operating profit next year, Maeil Business Newspaper reported Thursday, citing an unnamed company official.

Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker by shipment, is expected to generate about KRW17 trillion in operating profit from its mobile operation this year, the paper added.

According to the paper, Samsung’s home-appliance operation, which includes TVs, is expected to see about KRW2.3 trillion in operating profit next year. Samsung isn’t immediately available for comment.