SAMSUNG Electronics Co. said Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, its operating profit for the last quarter rose by more than 53 percent from the same period last year as it continued to thrive during the pandemic while relying on its dual strength in parts and finished products.

Samsung’s operating profit of 13.9 trillion won (US$11.6 billion) for the October to December period was its highest for a fourth-quarter since 2017, growth the company attributed to robust demand for its computer memory chips and chip contract manufacturing.

Samsung’s 76.6 trillion won ($63.7 billion) revenue for the period was a quarterly record, which it said was driven mainly by increased sales of finished products, including smartphones, TVs and home appliances.

The company has steadily reported a strong profit since the emergence of the pandemic, with demands for its chips used in computers and servers and its household electronics products rising as Covid-19 forced millions to work from home.

Samsung said in a statement that it will increase its production of key components in 2022 as it anticipates a broader global recovery in the demand for technology products. But the company also said, “challenges associated with supply issues and Covid-19 are likely to persist.”

Samsung said the demand for its memory chips used in servers will likely continue to grow in 2022 because of increased information technology investments, the release of new computer processors and the expansion of 5G-enabled mobile devices. (AP)