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Consolidated net sales for the first quarter of 2013, excluding exchange rate effects and divestments, rose 20% compared with the same period a year ago. The increase is mainly attributable to acquisitions and higher volumes.
Operating profit excluding exchange rate effects and items affecting comparability rose 25%. The corresponding profit for Personal Care and Tissue rose 27% and 40%, respectively, while profit for Forest Products decreased by 22%. Forest Products includes positive earning effects of SEK 121m attributable to land swaps and negative exchange rate effects of approximately SEK 110m. Profit before tax, excluding exchange rate effects and items affecting comparability, rose 34%. The Group’s operating cash flow improved by 5%, to approximately SEK 1.9bn.
SCA is a leading global hygiene and forest products company. The Group develops and produces sustainable personal care, tissue and forest products. Sales are conducted in about 100 countries under many strong brands. The Group has about 36,000 employees and sales in 2012 amounted to SEK 85bn (EUR 9.8bn). Read more on www.sca.com.