Huawei Technologies reported its first quarterly sales rise since the end of 2020, as the Chinese telecommunications gear giant fights the US blacklisting that hammered its smartphone business.

Revenue ticked up by 1% to C¥170.6-billion (R410-billion) in the three months ended in June, according to calculations based on the company’s first-half revenues of C¥301.6-billion. It is the company’s first sales growth since the last quarter of 2020, when US sanctions heavily limited Huawei’s global business.

“While our device business was heavily impacted, our ICT infrastructure business maintained steady growth,” Huawei’s rotating chairman Ken Hu said in a statement. “Moving forward, we will harness trends in digitalisation and decarbonisation to keep creating value for our customers and partners and secure quality development.”

Quarterly net income declined 35% to C¥9.48-billion, based on Huawei’s disclosure of a 5% six-month net profit margin. Net income fell mainly because of the high initial costs to pursue new business areas and develop new technologies, according to a spokesman at the company. – Bloomberg