Hong Kong-listed TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings and TCL Communication Technology Holdings have returned to profit in the third quarter, while their parent company TCL Corp predicted a full-year loss. TCL Multimedia, which owns the television brands TCL in Asia, Thomson in Europe and RCA in North America, posted net profit of HK$81 million, or 2.07 HK cents a share, compared with a loss of HK$179 million, or 5.28 HK cents, a year earlier. Turnover, however, fell from HK$7.8 billion to HK$6.9 billion, as its television sales remained sluggish, falling 14 per cent to 5.52 million units from 6.42 million units. Television sales in Europe and North America fell 30 per cent to 999,000 units while sales in China fell 11 per cent to 2.02 million units. 'We expect even keener market competition in the fourth quarter, the peak season of the year for the television industry,' the company said. The company also said it will restructure its European operation possibly over several months. Details of the plan will be announced at the end of the month, it said. Meanwhile, TCL Communication said third-quarter net profit was HK$21 million, or 0.4 HK cent per share, compared with a net loss of HK$460 million, or 15.6 HK cents per share, a year ago. Total cellphone unit sales for the third quarter rose 15 per cent to 2.8 million units. Sales in China fell 38 per cent to 558,000 units, while overseas sales jumped 48 per cent to 2.21 million units. TCL Communication is 54.6 per cent owned by TCL Corp, a Shenzhen-listed firm that also owns 38.7 per cent of TCL Multimedia. TCL yesterday said it expects to post a loss for the full year because of the substantial first-half loss. The company reported third-quarter profit of 31 million yuan, versus a loss of 446 million yuan a year ago.