Interim report 1 January-30 June 2008

1 JANUARY–30 JUNE 2008 (COMPARED WITH SAME PERIOD A YEAR AGO)
• Net sales rose 18% during the period, to SEK 3,258 million (2,753). The increase for comparable units was 5%.
• Operating profit before amortisation of intangible assets (EBITA) rose 30% to SEK 407 million (314), and the EBITA margin was 12.5% (11.4%).
• Profit after tax rose 28% to SEK 259 million (203).
• Earnings per share were SEK 6.48 (5.08) for the period.
• The return on operating capital for the last 12 months was 38.5% (37.2%).

SECOND QUARTER 2008 (COMPARED WITH SAME PERIOD A YEAR AGO)
• Net sales rose 18% during the second quarter, to SEK 1,733 million (1,467). The increase for comparable units was 6%.
• Operating profit before amortisation of intangible assets (EBITA) rose 33% to SEK 232 million (175), and the EBITA margin was 13.4% (11.9%).
• Profit after tax rose 32% to SEK 150 million (114).
• Earnings per share were SEK 3.75 (2.85) for the quarter.

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