INTERIM REPORT 1 JANUARY – 30 JUNE 2006

SECOND QUARTER • Net sales during the second quarter rose 16% to SEK 1,151 million (995). • Operating income before amortisation of intangible fixed assets (EBITA) rose 22% to SEK 116 (95), and the EBITA margin was 10.1% (9.5). • Income after tax rose 13% to SEK 76 million (67). • Earnings per share for the quarter were SEK 1.91 (1.67). FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR • Net sales for the first six months rose 19% to SEK 2,171 million (1,823). Of this increase, 12 percentage points accounted for acquisitions and currency effects. • Operating income before amortisation of intangible fixed assets (EBITA) rose 37% to SEK 203 (148), and the EBITA margin was 9.4% (8.1). • Income after tax rose 30% to SEK 133 million (102). • Earnings per share for the quarter were SEK 3.33 (2.55). • The return on operating capital was 29.9% (25.3%). Figures in parentheses pertain to the corresponding period in 2005.