Milwaukee, Wisconsin -- Johnson Controls said sales in its Automotive Experience business in the fourth quarter of 2014 grew 3% to $5.3bn versus $5.1bn last year .
Industry production growth of 8% in North America was offset by a a 1% decline in Europe, Johnson Controls said.
The firm added that revenues in China, which are primarily generated through non-consolidated joint ventures, increased 17% to $1.8bn, while industry production increased 8% versus last year.
Automotive Experience segment income was $261 m, 27% higher than the same quarter last year. Seating segment income increased by 8% to $218 m while Interiors reported a profit of$43 m versus $3 m last year due to improved operational efficiencies and the benefits of earlier restructuring, the firm said. .
In the quarter Johnson Controls had net income of $311m on sales of $11bn in the quarter. Overall in 2014, the firm reported sales of $42.8bn up 4% on the 2013 figure of $41.4bn.