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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, file photo, LG Electronics's smartphone G Flex is displayed during a media event at its head office in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

LG Electronics reports unexpected loss for Q4

– LG Electronics Inc. suffered a loss in the final quarter of 2013 because of unfavorable currency fluctuations.

The South Korean tech company said Monday its net loss for October-December was $58.5 million.

That’s smaller than a 478.2 billion won loss a year earlier. But analysts polled by FactSet expected net income of 147.8 billion won.

In the previous three month, LG had a net profit of 108.5 billion won.

The maker of G flex smartphone said the loss was mainly due to higher non-operating expense from foreign exchange movements.

Despite higher sales from increased smartphone shipments, LG’s mobile communications business lost 43.4 billion won, staying in red for a second quarter.

LG blamed increased spending on mobile brand marketing and declining smartphone prices.