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Highlights of the second quarter of 2018
Net sales amounted to SEK 31,354m (30,948). Sales growth was 0.7% with organic sales growth across most business areas.
Operating income amounted to SEK 827m (1,919), corresponding to a margin of 2.6% (6.2).
Operating income include costs of SEK 818m, whereof SEK 564m relates to an investigation by the French Competition Authority and SEK 254m to an unfavourable court ruling in France, both impacting Major Appliances EMEA. Excluding these non-recurring items, operating income amounted to SEK 1,645m, corresponding to a margin of 5.2% (6.2).
Higher prices, mix improvements and cost savings contributed positively, however operating income was impacted by higher costs for raw materials and currency headwinds.
Operating cash flow after investments amounted to SEK 1,805m (3,470).
Income for the period decreased to SEK 517m (1,291), and earnings per share was SEK 1.80 (4.49).