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Clas Ohlson Sales Development in June

Sales rose 5% in June to SEK 465 M (442). In local currencies, sales increased 8%. Compared with the same month in 2010, 22 stores have been added and the total number of stores on June 30 2011 was 143. Mail order/Internet sales during the month was SEK 7 M (7).

Sales channels (SEK M):

Countries Percentage change/Percentage change local currency

Sweden 218 (210) + 3% / + 3%
Norway 191 (182) + 5% / + 8%
Finland 41 (35) + 17% / + 22%
UK 16 (15) + 7% / + 22%

Total sales during the first two months (May-June 2011) increased by 6% to SEK 879 M (826).

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 : BusinessWire

15 July 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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