8/15/2007 8:00 AM
In its interim report NIBE reports a sound development over the first six months of 2007:
“We have enjoyed a first half to the year in which we have again captured new shares of the market in all business areas. The overall markets for NIBE Element and NIBE Heating have continued to develop positively, although the market for wood-burning stoves – most significantly in Germany and Denmark – has contracted substantially,” says Gerteric Lindquist, CEO of NIBE Industrier.
“The NIBE Heating business area continues to report strong organic growth. It is first and foremost on our foreign markets that we are now growing, thanks to a rapid expansion in demand for heat pumps within Europe as consumers become increasingly environmentally aware and energy conscious. “NIBE Element also shows strong growth and earnings are developing in the right direction. The restructuring programme initiated in 2005 will be completed during the course of the year, but we can already see the effects of the measures taken in the form of improved earnings and increased market shares.
“For NIBE Stoves, however, recent months have created a difficult situation, particularly in Germany and Denmark, where the overall market has contracted dramatically. Even so, we remain positive with regard to the next six months, as we believe that the market will recover and we will reap the benefits of marketing our new series of models.
“It is therefore our opinion that sales will continue to develop well for the NIBE Group although with a continued somewhat lower rate of growth in earnings during 2007” Gerteric Lindquist concludes.
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