updated 9/13/2005 8:20:30 AM ET 2005-09-13T12:20:30

Nokia Corp., the world's biggest maker of mobile phones, announced Tuesday that better-than-expected sales of mobile devices would push its earnings and revenue for the third quarter above its expectations.

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Earnings per share will be 18 euro cents to 19 euro cents, while revenue will grow to between 8.4 billion euros and 8.5 billion euros, Nokia said.

Earlier, the company had predicted that net sales in the three months through Sept. 30 would be between 7.9 billion euros and 8.2 billion euros, and that earnings per share would not top 17 euro cents.

The company cited greater demand for mobile devices, including 3G, or third-generation devices, and steady prices.

"Management also expects Nokia mobile device volumes to grow somewhat faster than the overall market during the quarter," Nokia said, adding that "stronger-than-expected sales during the first two months of the quarter ... (and) good cost control" had helped improve the company's performance.

Nokia said it will report its third-quarter results on Oct. 20.

Based in Espoo just outside the Finnish capital, Nokia has sales in 130 countries and about 55,500 employees.

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