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Clas Ohlson sales development in July

Sales rose 2% in July to SEK 508 M (498). In local currencies, sales increased 3%. Compared with the same month in 2010, 22 stores have been added and the total number of stores on July 31 2011 was 143. Mail order/Internet sales during the month was SEK 6 M (7).

Sales channels (SEK M):

Countries: Percentage change/Percentage change local currency:

Sweden 246 (252) - 2% / - 2%

Norway 201 (191) + 6% / + 7%

Finland 43 (39) + 8% / + 12%

UK 18 (16) + 12% / + 23%

Total sales during the first three months (May-July 2011) increased by 5% to SEK 1,387 M (1,324).

The Q1-report for 2011/12 will be published on 7 September 2011.

Clas Ohlson AB is a Swedish chain store that sells, amongst other things, hardware, electrical, multimedia, and home and leisure products. It is the largest hardware chain in Scandinavia. The company was founded in 1918 by the technically-minded Clas Ohlson (1895–1979), as a mail order business based in the Swedish village of Insjön, Dalarna. Initially, only manuals and technical literature were sold. He opened his first shop in Insjön in 1926 and there are now stores throughout Sweden, as well as in Norway and Finland. In 2008, the company opened its first store in the United Kingdom, in Croydon, south London. There are now stores at the Arndale Centre in Manchester, at The Harlequin in Watford, in Kingston upon Thames, Reading, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster and Norwich.

Source : CisionWire,c9150341

15 August 2011
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Thank you for the excellent presentation that you gave at Woodbury Park on Thursday morning. It was very interesting and thought-provoking for our Retail members. The feedback has been excellent.

Martin Elliott. Chief Executive - Home Hardware.

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