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Clas Ohlson Q2 and half year figures

Clas Ohlson has published details of its interim financials, covering the period from the 1st May to 31st October 2012.

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Second quarter:

* Sales totalled SEK 1,614 M (1,553), up 4%. In local currencies, growth was 6%

* Operating profit amounted to SEK 102 M (124), down 17%

* Profit after tax was SEK 72 M (88), down 18%

* Earnings per share amounted to SEK 1.14 (1.38), down 17%

Six months:

* Sales totalled SEK 3,076 M (2,940), up 5%. In local currencies, growth was 6%

* Operating profit amounted to SEK 203 M (243), down 17%

* Profit after tax was SEK 145 M (173), down 16%

* Earnings per share amounted to SEK 2.29 (2.71), down 15%

* Cash flow from operating activities amounted to SEK 176 M (512)

Events after the end of the reporting period:

* Sales in November amounted to SEK 662 M (636), up 4%. In local currencies, growth was 5%

* On 3 December 2012, Clas Ohlson was included in the Nasdaq OMX Sustainability Index

CEO Klas Balkow comments:

“Clas Ohlson continues to strengthen its position and capture market share in a turbulent market. The weak market trend during the quarter impacted sales and earnings compared with the year-earlier period.

With a strong financial position, we continue to invest for growth and expansion. During the quarter, for example, we opened five new stores and launched a mobile-adapted version of our e-shopping offering in all markets, an important part of our efforts to add new supplementary and interacting sales channels.

“We have had a good start to this year’s Christmas shopping period, not least through our e-shopping and sales of snow blowers and low-energy lighting,” says Klas Balkow, President and CEO.

Source : Clas Ohlson
www.cisionwire.com/clas-ohlson/r/clas-ohlson--interim-report-1-may-2012---31-october-2012,c9348261

13 December 2012
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