Business Divisions and Regions
The Construction Division as well as the Industry Division increased net sales in Swiss francs in comparison with the previous year period. Growth in the business division Construction amounted to 20.9% while growth in the division Industry was 13.9%.
All market segments in the Construction Division contributed to overall growth with double-digit growth rates. The segments Roofing, Waterproofing and Concrete developed most strongly. In the Industry Division the segments Fenestration and Marine showed the broadest increases.
Viewed geographically, the European regions, in particular Eastern Europe, as well as the new region IMEA (India, Middle East, Africa) and Latin America achieved the strongest rates of growth. Especially mild weather in Europe during the first few months of the business year contributed to the strong increase in turnover.
For 2007 we anticipate further favorable economic development as well as strong markets. Increases in raw material prices must continue to be reckoned with. In the event of continued strong volume growth we expect an above average increase in profit.