Operating profit at the world's biggest maker of gardening power tools,

Fell 22% from a year-earlier to 2.07 billion crowns,on a 7% sales drop before acquisitions.

Four analysts polled by Refinitiv had on average forecast a 2.08 billion crown profit.

The group, whose products range from ride-on and robotic lawn mowers to irrigation systems and chainsaws

Last month warned sales would lag market expectations in the quarter as continued component supply shortage held back production.

The quarter was marked by continued disturbances in the supply chain

Chief Executive Henric Andersson said in a statement.

"We are doing our utmost to support our customers for the remainder of the season,

However the global supply chain situation is still fluid and unpredictable," he added.