Samsung forecasts $5.44bn in quarterly operating profit


South Korea's Samsung Electronics has forecast a quarterly operating profit of 5.44 billion dollars for the first three months of 2015.

The numbers beat market expectations, but would mark a fall of more than 30% in profit from a year earlier.

The world's biggest maker of mobile phones and TVs said it expects sales of 47 trillion won for the period.

The company will publish full financial results later this month.