European aerospace giant Airbus said its profits had nearly halved in the third quarter, as it ran into headwinds from adverse foreign exchange moves.

Airbus profits in the third quarter came in at €264m, a drop of 41% compared to the same period the previous year.

Turnover was stable however at €13.3bn, the group said.

"In the third quarter of 2014, net income was reduced by negative foreign exchange revaluation on US dollar liabilities," the group said in a statement.

Over the first nine months of the year, net profit was up 16% to €1.4bn, prompting the group to maintain their forecasts for this year and next year.

"An improved operational performance drove revenues and profitability higher over the nine months of 2014," said Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders.

The value of the all-important order book stood at €765bn at the end of September, compared to €681bn at the end of last year.

However, Airbus said it had received orders worth €79bn in the past nine months, compared to €137bn in the first nine months of last year.