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Siemens sees strongest coronavirus impact in next quarter as second-quarter profit plungesGerman Chancellor Merkel visits Siemens plant in Goerlitz

ZURICH (Reuters) – Siemens <SIEGn.DE> expects “even stronger impacts” from the coronavirus pandemic in the weeks ahead, it said on Friday as it ditched its 2020 guidance and posted an 18% drop in industrial profit during its second quarter.

The trains to industrial software maker said it now expected a “moderate decline” in comparable full year revenue. Siemens had previously predicted moderate growth.

Its flagship factory automation unit and smart infrastructure business would be the hardest hit, the company said.

During its second quarter Siemens said all of its operations were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as shareholders’ net profit fell 64% to 652 million

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