Earnings Outlook: General Electric earnings: Here’s what to expect

General Electric Co. is scheduled to release fourth-quarter results on Friday before the market opens, with the diversified industrial giant expected to report a decline in quarterly earnings for the first time in a year.

After a year chock-full of business divestiture announcements, with $193 billion in asset sales signed through the third quarter, GE said in October that its GE Capital exit plan is substantially complete.

GE GE, -0.29% which now bills itself as a “digital industrial company,” got the bulk of its profit in the previous quarter from its aviation and power businesses, while its renewable energy business provided the fastest year-over-year growth and its energy connections business declined the most.

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