(Reuters) - Airbus Group reported a 12 percent rise in nine-month underlying operating profit on Friday led by its planemaking and helicopter divisions, and reaffirmed its profit forecasts for the year.
Europe's largest aerospace group said operating earnings before one-off items rose to 2.6 billion euros (3.23 billion US dollar) as revenue grew 4 percent.
In the third quarter, Airbus Group posted operating profit of 744 million euros, up 14 percent, and flat sales.
Analysts were on average predicting third-quarter operating profit up 1.7 percent and a 1.5 percent dip in revenue, according to a Reuters survey.
Airbus continues to target stable revenues and aircraft deliveries and "moderate" growth in operating margin in 2014.