EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space) has reported its first revenue figures as a combined entity with third-quarter 2000 sales coming in at €5.3 billion ($4.5 billion).

The company, formed in July through the merger of Aerospatiale Matra, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace and CASA, says the strength of the US dollar relative to the euro bolstered the "satisfactory" revenue figures, and offset a performance by its defence operations which was "below expectations".

Revenues for the nine month period - the first six of which have been calculated on a pro-forma basis - stand at €15.9 billion. Last year's full-year figure was €2.6 billion. Two thirds of the third-quarter sales were contributed by the company's Airbus division.

The company's order backlog at the end of September stood at c120.7 billion, boosted by stronger than expected Airbus demand and NH90 and Eurocopter Tiger orders placed in July-September.

• Engineering services specialist EADS Matra Datavision has acquired Cotec Engineering Solutions, the support division of the UK's Cotec Computing Services.

Source: Flight International