The carmaker saw 47.1 trillion won ($42 billion) in sales, a 1.1 percent decrease, and earned 1.63 trillion won in operating profit, the company said in a statement.
The worse-than-expected profit came even though the carmaker sold more vehicles than the same period last year. It sold 2.24 million units, a 4.5 percent increase on-year.
The company is likely to suffer from market uncertainty for a while due to such reasons as currency volatility in emerging markets, the US rate increase and deteriorating trade environment, officials said.
By Cho Chung-un (firstname.lastname@example.org)