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PARIS (AP) — Telcommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent SA says its net loss narrowed in the second quarter thanks to lower accounting charges, while revenue stagnated and restructuring charges mounted.

The company, which has racked up billions of euros of losses since its creation and undergone repeated rounds of restructuring since 2006, reported a net loss of 298 million euros ($400 million) in the quarter, compared to a net loss of 885 million euros a year earlier when it took a massive asset writedown charge.

Chief Executive Michel Combes said in a statement Thursday the company had completed "the first step of its transformation" and would stop burning cash sometime in 2015.

The company hasn't said when it expects to make a profit. Alcatel-Lucent has suffered from increased competition from China and restructuring costs.

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