Safety systems specialist TRW Automotive Holdings has boosted net earnings for the fourth quarter to US$59m, or $0.57 per diluted share from a net loss of $62m ($0.63) a year ago.

Q4 sales were off 1.6% to $3.1bn.

TRW reported full-year sales up 5.3% to $12.6 billion, an increase of 5.3 percent, compared to the prior year.

Net earnings for the year were $204 million, or $1.99 per diluted share, well up on 2004 earnings of $29 million or $0.29 per share.