The North American PEFC member Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) announced last week that it will deliver up to $400,000 in 2013 to support research into responsible forestry practices through the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program.
Since 2010, SFI has awarded 33 grants totaling more than $1.32 million to support projects that promote sustainable forestry practices and engage communities. When leveraged with project partner contributions, that total investment exceeds $4.8 million.
"The decisions we make today regarding research investments and partnerships will better inform our future understanding of how working forests can continue to provide jobs, forest products and a variety of conservation services and benefits," said Kathy Abusow, President & CEO of SFI Inc.
Up to $250,000 is to be awarded to new grants in 2013, which will bring SFI's total investment in conservation and community grants in 2013 to $400,000. This amount includes ongoing multi-year research grant commitments for projects awarded to groups like Ducks Unlimited Canada and the World Resources Institute. Ducks Unlimited Canada's grant supports developing and testing best management practices for forestry roads on SFI program participant managed lands that serve to protect wetland ecosystems in the Western Boreal Forest. Results to date include the construction of five innovative wetland crossing sites that are monitored for project effectiveness. A sixth wetland crossing is planned for 2013.
The Authors Guild is asking a federal appellate court to allow longstanding litigation about Google's book project to proceed as a class-action.
The authors group argues that U.S. Circuit Court Judge Denny Chin correctly rejected Google's contention that copyright infringement requires case-by-case evaluation. "It is duplicitous for Google to implement a single, mass digitization policy affecting the rights of so many authors while at the same time argue that its policy must be analyzed in countless separate lawsuits," the Authors Guild says in a brief filed late last week with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Last year, Circuit Court Judge Chin in New York certified the Authors Guild's lawsuit as a class-action. Chin ruled that it wouldn't be fair to require writers to sue Google individually.
Google is appealing that decision to the 2nd Circuit, which stayed the litigation when it considers the issue. Google argues that a class-action isn't appropriate because the Authors Guild and its members have conflicting interests. Google says that many writers approve of its decision to scan millions of books from public libraries and make them searchable.
The company says a survey it commissioned of 800 authors shows that most like the digitization project. Most survey respondents -- 58% -- said they approved of Google scanning their books, while 19% say they have or would benefit from Google's scans.
But the Authors Guild calls that survey "invalid and misleading" in its new court papers.
The Newspaper Association of America is showing its legal teeth with a lawsuit filed against the Postal Regulatory Commission on behalf of its members, disputing the legality of a deal struck between the U.S. Postal Service and Valassis Direct Mail.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, contends that the PRC erred in concluding that the USPS deal did not constitute an “unreasonable harm to the marketplace.”
The NAA claims that the negotiated service agreement between USPS and Valassis, which charges Valassis a lower “special contract rate” for direct mailings, gives the latter an unfair advantage over competitors, including newspaper publishers, in fields like retail advertising.
Specifically, the NAA believes it creates a price inventive for advertising clients to stop paying for advertising inserts in newspapers and deliver them via direct mail instead.
FiberMark, a manufacturer of specialty cellulose and synthetic fiber-based printing media, reached an agreement with ND Graphics naming them as the Exclusive FiberMark Value-Added Master Distributor of Wide-Format Inkjet Products in Canada.
“We’ve recognized for a long time that we need to offer a greener alternative to traditional wide format print media. With FiberMark, we have finally found a manufacturer to partner with that offers indoor and outdoor capable products that are both competitively priced and better for the environment,” said Mark West, President, ND Graphics, Inc.
"With nine stocking locations, wide-format inkjet knowledgeable sales staff, technical support, the latest relevant printing news, and educational marketing, ND Graphics adds a tremendous amount of value for their customers," said David Sailer, Business Development Manager - Print Media, FiberMark. "The digital print media team at FiberMark is excited and ready to support ND Graphics in their efforts."
Berry Plastics Group, Inc., a leading global manufacturer and marketer of value-added plastic packaging and engineered materials, today introduced 3546A single-coated woven tape. 3546A joins Berry's extensive offering of woven, flexible film, and transfer adhesives used in the manufacture of pulse oximeters and other medical devices.
?Stretchable, breathable woven adhesive tape
?Designed for high speed converting
?Strong adhesive, bonds without lifting or flagging
Featuring a 25 mil stretchable woven fabric backing and white rubber-based medical-grade adhesive, 3546A is designed with both OEM/Converters and patients in mind.
OfficeMax® Incorporated, a leader in office and facility supplies, technology and services, today announced that it will receive approximately $129 million in cash proceeds on February 12, 2013 related to its October 2004 investment in Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. ("BCH"). Since 2004, OfficeMax has held two classes of securities in BCH, non-voting equity securities ("Series A Units") and voting equity securities ("Series B Units").
BCH will redeem all of the Series A Units held by OfficeMax for $112 million, equal to the original investment amount of $66 million plus $46 million of total accrued dividends. As previously disclosed, OfficeMax had been recording income earned from the 8% annual dividend yield on the Series A Units as a reduction of operating, selling and general and administrative expenses in its Corporate & Other segment. This dividend income will cease upon completion of the redemption of the Series A Units on February 12, 2013.
OfficeMax also continues to hold a 20.4% ownership interest in the Series B Units of BCH, which do not accrue any dividend. OfficeMax has accounted for the Series B Units under the cost method as a $109 million investment on its consolidated balance sheet since October 2004. BCH has declared a distribution of approximately $85 million payable on February 12, 2013 to the holders of its Series B Units, of which OfficeMax's share of proceeds is approximately $17 million. This distribution on the Series B Units will be recognized as income by OfficeMax and will not reduce the $109 million investment amount.
Resolute Forest Products Inc. reported a net loss of $2 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, or $0.02 per share, on sales of $4.5 billion. This compares with net income of $41 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, on sales of $4.8 billion in the year ended December 31, 2011. Net loss in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $36 million, or $0.38 per share, on sales of $1.1 billion, compared with a net loss of $6 million, or $0.06 per share, on sales of $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Excluding $81 million of special items, net income for the full year was $79 million, or $0.81 per diluted share. Excluding special items of $70 million, net income in the fourth quarter was $34 million, or $0.35 per diluted share. For the full year 2011, net income excluding special items was $166 million, or $1.71 per diluted share, and $45 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter 2011. All special items and non-GAAP financial measures, such as adjustments for special items and adjusted EBITDA, are described and reconciled below.
"We significantly improved the Company's competitiveness by optimizing our asset base, reducing costs wherever possible and strengthening our financial position this year," said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer. "We added pulp assets, committed to growth projects in lumber, invested in power cogeneration plants and further optimized our paper assets, steps that will position us well for the future. At the same time, we returned $67 million to our shareholders in share buybacks, reduced balance sheet working capital by a further $81 million from the end of 2011 and redeemed an additional $85 million of debt."
The Company recorded an operating loss of $30 million in 2012, compared to operating income of $198 million in 2011. This reflects a $134 million increase in closure costs, impairment and other related charges, and $173 million of lower volume, in both cases because of additional market downtime and the Company's ongoing efforts to focus production in its most cost-effective mills and drive better efficiency by restructuring and reducing labor costs. As a result, and in addition to lower energy, recovered paper and fiber costs, manufacturing costs improved by $55 million, excluding the effects of lower volume. The effect of pricing changes in the year was neutral as the increase in lumber pricing offset declines in pulp, while gains in specialty paper offset declines in newsprint and coated papers.
Grainger today reported sales results for the month of January 2013. Daily sales increased 8 percent versus January 2012, and included 3 percentage points from volume, 3 percentage points from price, 1 percentage point from sales of seasonal products and 1 percentage point from acquisitions. The month of January 2013 had 22 selling days versus 21 selling days in January 2012. The 2013 first quarter will have 63 selling days, one less than the 64 selling days in the 2012 first quarter.
The average price for regular gasoline at U.S. pumps rose 24.75 cents a gallon in the past two weeks to $3.5918 a gallon, according to Lundberg Survey Inc.
The survey covers the period ended Feb. 8 and is based on information obtained from about 2,500 stations by the Camarillo, California-based company. The average is up 8.17 cents from a year earlier. It was the biggest jump since the two weeks ended March 4, 2011.
“Now that wholesale price hikes have accelerated, retailers will not be able to delay much further before passing through these hikes to consumers,” Trilby Lundberg, president of Lundberg Survey, said yesterday in a telephone interview. “That’s enough reason for us to expect a few more pennies at the pump even if crude oil prices do not rise.”
West Texas Intermediate crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 16 cents to $95.72 a barrel in the two weeks to Feb. 8.
Crude inventories rose 2.62 million barrels in the week ended Feb. 1 to 371.7 million, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. Supplies at Cushing, the delivery point for the Nymex futures contract, dropped 0.6 percent to 51.4 million barrels. Refineries ran at 84.2 percent of capacity.
The U.S. Postal Service ended the first three months of its 2013 fiscal year (Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2012) with a net loss of $1.3 billion. Continued growth in Shipping and Package revenue (+4.7%) and increased efficiency helped mitigate but could not fully offset the financial effects of continued First-Class Mail volume declines and costs that are beyond Postal Service management control. As a result, the Postal Service recently announced it would move forward with accelerated cost-cutting actions necessary to help maintain liquidity because Congress has not passed comprehensive postal reform legislation.
The first quarter is traditionally the Postal Service’s strongest financial quarter, mainly due to the holiday mailing and shipping season. The Quarter One results were also aided by growth in Standard (advertising) Mail during the months leading up to the election. The holiday season resulted in a strong increase in competitive package volume as customers took advantage of Postal Service Priority Mail flat rate pricing and increasingly turned to the Postal Service for last-mile delivery.
“The encouraging results from our holiday mailing season cannot sustain us as we move deeper into the current fiscal year and face continuing financial challenges,” said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe. “By moving forward with the accelerated cost-cutting actions directed by our Board of Governors, we will continue to become more efficient and come closer to achieving long-term financial stability. We urgently need Congress to do its part and pass legislation that allows us to better manage our costs and gives us the commercial flexibility needed to operate more like a business does. This will help ensure the future success of the Postal Service and the mailing industry it supports.”
One of the accelerated actions, announced earlier this week, is the transition to a new delivery schedule during the week of Aug. 5, 2013. Packages will be delivered Monday through Saturday and mail will be delivered Monday through Friday, resulting in an annual cost savings of approximately $2 billion once the new delivery plan is fully implemented.
In a proposed settlement disclosed Friday night, Macmillan has agreed to pay up to $20 million to settle a consumer class action case, led by Seattle-based firm Hagens Berman, over alleged e-book price-fixing.
The settlement must still be approved by the court, but the announcement suggests that the two-year-old legal drama over e-book pricing may finally be drawing down for the accused publishers: all five have now settled with the U.S. Department of Justice, and as PW reported, on Friday morning Judge Denise Cote gave final approval to a $70-plus million state settlement after a 15-minute hearing. The consumer class action is the third, and final, hurdle. Apple, however, remains on track for a June trial.
According to a spokesperson for Hagens Berman, the class action case continues against Penguin and Apple. Although no specific consumer class action settlement was announced with Hachette, HarperCollins, and S&S, those firms' initial settlement with states’ attorneys to reimburse consumers for allegedly inflated e-book prices likely mooted the class action case.
In a statement, Steve Berman, managing partner ofHagens Berman and lead counsel for the proposed class of consumers, suggested he worked "alongside" 33 states attorneys general and the DoJ to “present a unified front in dealing with Macmillan.”
The deal with Macmillan adds an additional $20 million to the pot of money that will be used to reimburse e-book purchasers allegedly wronged by price-fixing. In the state settlement, Hachette has agreed to pay $31,711,425; HarperCollins, $19,575,246; and Simon & Schuster, $17,752,480. Other fees and costs take the initial value of the state settlement over $70 million.
The National Retail Federation expressed disappointment on Friday over the failure of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union's Local 63 Office Clerical Unit and the Harbor Employers Association to reach a contract agreement.
An eight-day strike in November and December 2012 shut down most terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach before the parties agreed on a tentative new contract with the help of a federal mediator. But union members on Wednesday voted down the contract.
“We are extremely disappointed by this vote and strongly urge the parties to work through their differences without any kind of disruption. Ratification of a contract is needed to give retailers and other industries that rely on these ports the predictability they need to make long-term plans and get back to growing their businesses and creating jobs. The shutdown during the holiday shopping season was more than just a fight between labor and management – it threatened to impact consumers’ shopping plans at the most crucial time of the year. We can’t afford to see another shutdown. As labor and management work to resolve this situation, uninterrupted operation of the ports should be their top priority. Too many jobs across the country depend on these ports to let any interference with operations be considered an acceptable way of doing business,” said NRF VP supply chain and customs policy Jonathan Gold in a prepared statement.
Newspapers and magazines may find the tablet a saving grace with older readers.
They have an easier time reading text on tablet computers than print on paper, according to a new study by German researchers -- which may speed adoption by older consumers who enjoy daily news reads, provided that consumer electronics marketers can alter habits.
Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany studied the amount of cognitive effort required to read text displayed on different media, including paper, e-readers and tablet computers. After dividing participants into two groups, one consisting of 36 subjects ages 21-34, the other of 21 subjects ages 60+, the researchers tracked eye movements and brain activity with electrodes to determine how much neural power was required to read text presented in the various formats.
The older readers displayed a lower level of brain activity when reading text on an iPad tablet, the study found, and finished each page of text three to four seconds faster, on average. The researchers attributed this result to the tablet computers’ bright, backlit screens, which enhance contrast and make it easier to distinguish text.
Younger readers showed no appreciable differences in the amount of time or mental effort required to read a page of text, regardless of format.
Over 2012 Ilim Group’s mills in Siberia and in the Northwest of Russia manufactured more than 2,580,000 tons of pulp and paper products.
The figures include 1,639,000 tons of market pulp, 2% more as compared to the previous year.
Market containerboard output remained flat as compared to 2011 and reached 708,000 tons.
Paper production increased by 5% and reached 235,000 tons.
Corrugated board production of OAO Ilim Gofra totaled 129,526,000 m2, going up by 6% as compared to 2011.
Tronox Limited announced today that it expects to report fourth-quarter 2012 revenue of $482 million and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of approximately $70 million, which is below previous guidance, due to the combined effect of three scheduled ore shipments in the quarter that were either delayed or cancelled by customers and a $9.6 million lower of cost or market (LCM) inventory write-down. One of the delayed shipments constituting 10,000 metric tons of chloride slag was shipped on January 7, 2013. In addition, while zircon sales volumes were approximately as forecast, zircon prices in the fourth quarter were roughly 12 percent below forecast.
For the first time since 2005, fourth-quarter pigment sales volumes were higher than those of the preceding third quarter. The sequential difference was only 1,429 metric tons, but the company views this increase in what is normally a seasonally affected lower quarter as a positive sign. Nevertheless, because prices declined 10.7 percent sequentially, which was more than the company had forecast, adjusted EBITDA from pigment sales was approximately $10 million less than forecasted.
The aggregate EBITDA effect of the missed mineral sands shipments, the zircon pricing, the LCM charge, and the pigment shortfall was partially offset by operating cost savings achieved across all business units.
Tronox had a cash balance of $716 million at year-end 2012.
The Washington Post Company announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell The Herald, a daily and Sunday newspaper headquartered in Everett, WA, La Raza, and its other print and online products to Black Press Ltd. and its subsidiary Sound Publishing. The transaction is expected to close in early March 2013.
Sound Publishing is the largest community media organization in Washington State, with 39 newspaper titles and a combined circulation of 732,700. The company prints all of its own newspapers and numerous other publications at a centrally located, state-of-the-art printing facility in Everett, WA. Sound Publishing is a subsidiary of Black Press Ltd., headquartered in Victoria, BC, Canada. Founded in 1975, Black Press publishes more than 170 newspapers and other publications in British Columbia, Alberta and Washington State, as well as the Honolulu (Hawaii) Star-Advertiser and Akron (Ohio) Beacon-Journal daily newspapers. It is administered and majority owned by David Holmes Black of Victoria, BC.
While print magazines continue to decline in circulation, the number of digital magazine copies sold has more than doubled since the second half of 2011, according to the latest AAM semiannual Snapshot (formerly known as FAS-FAX) report for U.S. consumer magazines. The Alliance for Audited Media (which was previously known as the Audit Bureau of Circulation) reports that for the second half of 2012, 289 magazines reported more than 7.9 million digital replica editions.
Nearly 65 percent of magazines that filed this period claimed digital replica editions as part of their total circulation. However, while the growth in digital circulation is promising, digital replica editions still comprise only 2.4 percent of the industry's overall circulation?up from 1 percent this time last year, when 245 magazines reported approximately 3.2 million digital replica copies.
The top 25 magazines in print circulation remained almost identical to last year's list. ESPN the Magazine is the only newcomer, supplanting Smithsonian in the number 25 spot. The same 10 magazines populate the top ten spots, though a few have shifted positions: Game Informer Magazine swapped spots with Better Homes and Gardens to take the number three spot and Family Circle moved up two spots, to number 7 while National Geographic dropped two.
While magazine publishers are aggressively expanding their digital content and hawking digital subscriptions, digital circulation remains a small proportion of total circulation, according to the Alliance for Audited Media.
In the six-month period ending December 2012, the 289 American magazines tracked by AAM had a total digital circulation (defined as digital replica editions) of 7.9 million, equal to around 2.4% of the overall combined print and digital circulation of 329.2 million. The digital circ proportion is up from 1.7% in the first half of 2012, indicating that digital circ is growing rapidly, albeit on a small base.
According to AAM, the magazine boasting the biggest digital circulation is Game Informer, with 2,305,816 digital replica editions. Next up is Maxim, with digital circ of 259,529, followed by Cosmopolitan, with digital circ of 254,751. National Geographic came fourth with digital circ of 160,077, while fifth place went to Poder Hispanic, with 149,838. Reader’s Digest had a digital circ of 147,149, and Taste of Home 103,961.
MeadWestvaco Corporation, a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, announced today the expansion of its pharmaceutical manufacturing Centre of Excellence, based in Hemer, Germany.
The Centre is the core for MWV’s global pharmaceutical dispensing systems manufacturing network. The $7.5 million project includes expanding clean room molding and assembly capacity and the introduction of a state of the art logistics system to control the flow of finished goods and components. MWV is making this investment in its Healthcare business based upon the business’s rapid growth, especially in the Preservative-Free packaging market.
"This investment underlines MWV’s position as an innovation leader in healthcare dispensing systems and our commitment to manufacturing high quality products in the appropriate regulatory environment,” said Sven-Uwe Höhm, vice president & general manager, Medical Plastics Division.
Over 2012, Ilim Group’s Bratsk and Ust-Ilimsk Mills (Irkutsk Oblast) manufactured over 1,480,000 tons of pulp and paper products. As compared to the last year production output remained nearly flat.
The figures include 1,258,000 tons of market pulp. Market containerboard production amounted to 222,000 tons.
Logging volumes of OJSC Ilim Group in Siberia reached 6.7 million m3 at the year-end 2012.
Glatfelter today reported 2012 full year adjusted earnings per diluted share of $1.25 (GAAP $1.36) compared with $1.01 per diluted share in 2011 (GAAP $0.93). For the 2012 fourth quarter Glatfelter reported adjusted earnings of $11.2 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, compared with $14.2 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, in the 2011 fourth quarter. On a GAAP basis, fourth quarter 2012 net income totaled $7.0 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, compared with $9.7 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2011. The fourth quarter 2012 results were adversely impacted by costs related to strategic initiatives and a trial in December for the Fox River matter, a higher tax rate, and the impact of weaker economic conditions in Europe, each in nearly equal proportions.
Consolidated net sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 totaled $391.4 million compared with $391.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, however unfavorable foreign currency translation of $3.8 million adversely impacted the comparison. On a constant currency basis, net sales were slightly higher.
AmericanStyle, a consumer quarterly founded in 1994, has announced that it will suspend publication immediately in a letter to subscribers.
The small Baltimore-based magazine, published by The Rosen Group, serves the fine arts and crafts collectors market, and had a circulation of 75,000 just three years ago.
Over that time, staff has gone from six full-time to two; frequency from six-per-year to quarterly; the book from 120 pages to 64 in its last issue; ad pages from 50 or 60 to 31. Editor-in-chief Hope Daniels confirms the distribution base is "less" currently, but wouldn't go further, citing ongoing negotiations with potential buyers.
Daniels says those cuts-and others, including folio binding changes and furlough weeks-weren't enough as the company tried to whether the financial storm.
"When people need to meet their bills, pay their rent, feed their families, put gas in their car, luxury items take the hit," she says.
AmericanStyle is being considered for purchase or partnership by at least two publishing companies, according to Daniels.
AAA Fuel Gage 2/08/13
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American Dollar to Mexican Peso = 0.078596
Brent crude, headed for a fourth weekly advance, climbed to a nine-month high in London after stronger-than-expected trade data from China, the world’s second-biggest user.
Futures rose to more than $118 a barrel for the first time since May 3, boosting their premium to West Texas Intermediate for an eighth day to the most in almost two months. China’s exports climbed 25 percent in January from a year earlier and crude imports increased to the highest level in eight months, customs figures showed. Oil markets will “remain tight” in the first quarter and may push prices above its forecasts, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said.
“The numbers out of China are good,” said Nic Brown, head of commodity research at Natixis SA in London, who forecasts that Brent will average $107.40 this year. “China appears to be significantly stronger than even we were expecting. This is a clear upside risk for oil prices.”
Brent for March settlement advanced as much as $1.17, or 1 percent, to $118.41 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange and was at $118.26 at 11:51 a.m. local time.
Fourth quarter 2012
Net sales amounted to SEK 3 068 million, compared with SEK 2 628 million in the previous quarter. The increase was due to the Korsnäs acquisition.
Operating profit totalled SEK 25 million. The decline of SEK 136 million from the preceding quarter is mainly attributable to non-recurring and seasonal factors.
Results for the quarter were charged with non-recurring costs of SEK 102 million. Adjusted to reflect these non-recurring costs, operating profit totalled SEK 127 million.
Prices in local currency for packaging materials were improved by just below 2% than in the previous quarter due to implementation of earlier announced price increases.
The acquisition of Korsnäs was completed on 29 November 2012 and a preferential rights issue valued at approximately SEK 2 billion was carried out.
Full year 2012 compared with the same period in 2011
Net sales amounted to SEK 10 427 million, a rise of 12%.
Operating profit fell to SEK 489 million, mainly as a result of lower prices in local currency and a less favourable currency situation.
In all, non-recurring costs amounted to SEK 170 million (10).
AptarGroup, Inc. today reported fourth quarter and annual results. The Company also updated the status of its previously announced plan to optimize certain European operations.
Fourth Quarter 2012 Summary
•Reported sales increased 5% (core sales increased 2% excluding currency and acquisition effects)
•Growth in the beauty, personal care, and beverage markets offset the anticipated softness in the generic allergy treatment market
•Latin America and Asia sales growth remained strong
•Reported earnings per share of $0.52 included the negative impact of $0.05 per share from charges related to the European Operations Optimization plan
Stein Mart, Inc. today reported sales for the five weeks of January. The January period includes an extra week in fiscal 2012, creating a 53-week fiscal year that occurs approximately every six years in the accounting cycle for most retail companies.
Total sales for the five-week period ended February 2, 2013 were $78.9 million, an increase of 31.3 percent over total sales of $60.1 million for the four-week period ended January 28, 2012. Total sales for the extra 53rd week were approximately $15.8 million. Comparable store sales for the four-week period ended January 26, 2013 increased 4.6 percent over the four-week period ended January 28, 2012.
For the 14-week period ended February 2, 2013, total sales were $365.2 million, an increase of 11.3 percent over total sales of $328.2 million for the 13-week period ended January 28, 2012. Comparable store sales for the 13-week period ended January 26, 2013 increased 6.0 percent over the 13-week period ended January 28, 2012.
Total sales for the 53-week period ended February 2, 2013 were $1.214 billion, an increase of 4.6 percent over total sales of $1.160 billion for the 52-week period ended January 28, 2012. Comparable store sales for the 52-week period ended January 26, 2013 increased 2.7 percent over the 52-week period ended January 28, 2012.
Gap Inc. today reported that January 2013 net sales for the five-week period ended February 2, 2013 were $1.13 billion compared with net sales of $833 million for the four-week period ended January 28, 2012. The company’s comparable sales for January 2013 were up 8 percent compared with a 4 percent decrease for January 2012.
In addition, the company reported that net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012, which ended February 2, 2013, were $4.73 billion compared with $4.28 billion for the fourth quarter last year. The company’s comparable sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 were up 5 percent compared with a 4 percent decrease in the fourth quarter last year.
The company noted that fiscal year 2012 had 53 weeks versus 52 weeks in fiscal year 2011. As a result, net sales for January 2013, the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012, and fiscal year 2012 include the additional week, while comparable sales exclude the 53rd week.
The McClatchy Company today reported a net loss in the fourth quarter of 2012 of $30.0 million or 35 cents per share, including a $60.0 million after-tax loss on debt refinancing. In the fourth quarter of 2011 the company reported net income of $42.0 million or 49 cents per diluted share.
The company's fiscal 2012 reporting period is a 53-week year compared to a 52-week year in 2011, and as a result, the fiscal fourth quarter of 2012 includes 14 weeks compared to 13 weeks in the 2011 fiscal fourth quarter. The company estimates that the reported net loss in 2012 was reduced by approximately $4.0 million because of the additional week being reported.
Revenues in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $355.7 million, up 1.2% from the fourth quarter of 2011. On a 13-week basis, fourth quarter total revenues were an estimated $333.0 million, down 5.3% compared to fourth quarter 2011, with advertising revenues of approximately $253.9 million, down 6.3%, and circulation revenues of about $65.7 million, down 1.9%. On a 13-week basis, total digital advertising revenues grew 3.5% in the fourth quarter of 2012, with digital-only advertising revenues up 14.9% from the 2011 quarter. Total digital advertising represented 20.2% of total advertising revenues in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to 18.5% of total advertising revenues in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Net loss for fiscal 2012 was $0.1 million, or 0 cents per share and included the $60.0 million after-tax loss on debt refinancing taken in the fourth quarter of 2012. Net income for fiscal 2011 was $54.4 million, or 63 cents per diluted share.
Revenues in 2012 were down 3.1% to $1.231 billion compared to $1.270 billion in 2011. On a 52-week basis, 2012 total revenues were an estimated $1.208 billion, down 4.9% compared to 2011 total revenues, with advertising revenues of approximately $898.2 million, down 6.1% and circulation revenues of approximately $258.4 million, down 1.5%.
Nordstrom, Inc. today reported an 11.4 percent increase in same-store sales for January.
Similar to many other retailers, Nordstrom follows the retail 4-5-4 reporting calendar, which included an extra week in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 (the 53rd week). In the 53rd week, the company had preliminary total retail sales of approximately $162 million. The 53rd week is excluded from same-store sales calculations.
Preliminary total retail sales of $951 million for the five week period ended February 2, 2013 increased 38.4 percent compared with total retail sales of $688 million for the four week period ended January 28, 2012. Excluding sales for the 53rd week, preliminary total retail sales for the four week period ended January 26, 2013 increased 14.9 percent.
Fourth quarter same-store sales increased 6.3 percent compared with the same period in fiscal 2011. Preliminary fourth quarter total retail sales of $3.60 billion increased 13.5 percent compared with total retail sales of $3.17 billion for the same period in fiscal 2011.
Fiscal year 2012 same-store sales increased 7.3 percent compared with the same period in fiscal 2011. Preliminary fiscal year 2012 total retail sales of $11.76 billion increased 12.1 percent compared with total retail sales of $10.50 billion for the same period in fiscal 2011.
Kohl’s Corporation reported today that comparable store sales for the four weeks ended January 26, 2013 compared to January 28, 2012 increased 13.3 percent. Due to the 53rd week in the fiscal 2012 calendar, fiscal January 2013 included a fifth week which ended on February 2, 2013. Sales for the fifth week of fiscal January 2013 were $169 million.
Comparable store sales, which exclude sales for the fifth week of fiscal January 2013, increased 1.9 percent for the quarter and 0.3 percent for the year.
The New York Times Company announced today fourth-quarter 2012 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations increased to $.76 from $.34 in the same period of 2011, largely due to the special items discussed below. Excluding severance and special items, diluted earnings per share from continuing operations decreased to $.32 in the fourth quarter of 2012 from $.39 in the fourth quarter of 2011. The decrease was due principally to a higher effective tax rate applicable in the fourth quarter of 2012 after the exclusion of severance and special items.
The Company had operating profit of $44.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with $90.8 million in the same period of 2011. Excluding depreciation, amortization, severance and the special items discussed below, operating profit was $124.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with $126.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.
“2012 showed both the opportunities and challenges we face as a company,” said Mark Thompson, president and chief executive officer. “We saw continued strong growth in digital subscriptions as well as increased revenue from our large print circulation base. Indeed, for the first time in our history, annual circulation revenues surpassed those from advertising. Our pay model continued to prove itself, with approximately 668,000 paid digital subscriptions across the Company at quarter end, up 13 percent from the end of the third quarter."
The United States Postal Service announced plans today to transition to a new delivery schedule during the week of Aug. 5, 2013 that includes package delivery Monday through Saturday, and mail delivery Monday through Friday. The Postal Service expects to generate cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually, once the plan is fully implemented.
“The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits,” said Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and CEO. “We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings.”
Over the past several years, the Postal Service has advocated shifting to a five-day delivery schedule for mail and packages. However, recent strong growth in package delivery (14 percent volume increase since 2010) and projections of continued strong package growth throughout the coming decade led to the revised approach to maintain package delivery six days per week.
“Our customers see strong value in the national delivery platform we provide and maintaining a six-day delivery schedule for packages is an important part of that platform,” said Donahoe. “As consumers increasingly use and rely on delivery services — especially due to the rise of e-commerce — we can play an increasingly vital role as a delivery provider of choice, and as a driver of growth opportunities for America’s businesses.”
Once implemented during August of 2013, mail delivery to street addresses will occur Monday through Friday. Packages will continue to be delivered six days per week. Mail addressed to PO Boxes will continue to be delivered on Saturdays. Post Offices currently open on Saturdays will remain open on Saturdays.
Market research conducted by the Postal Service and independent research by major news organizations indicate that nearly seven out of ten Americans (70 percent) supported the switch to five-day delivery as a way for the Postal Service to reduce costs in its effort to return the organization to financial stability.¹ Support for this approach will likely be even higher since the Postal Service plans to maintain six-day package delivery.
Direct-to-customer merchants who mail catalogs told Multichannel Merchant they are fine with the United States Postal Service's 5-day delivery plan, which is scheduled to go into effect the week of Aug. 5.
Under the plan announced on February 6 by the USPS, catalogs and other forms of mail will no longer be delivered on Saturdays. Packages, however, will still be delivered on Saturdays.
USPS said in a statement that once the plan is fully implemented, it will generate a cost savings of about $2 billion annually.
Catalog mailers and others in direct-to-customer said they think the savings will be passed on to them in the form of fewer future rate increases.
"If going to 5-day (non-package) delivery is essential to aligning USPS costs with its declining revenues, then it is essential for the sustainability of the mailing industry and our economy," said Terri Alpert, founder and CEO of Stony Creek Brands, which mails the Uno Alla Volta artisan gift catalog and The Artisan Table, formerly known as The Cooking Enthusiast and Professional Cutlery Direct.
Lynn Gore, vice president of marketing at Plow & Hearth, added that its in-home dates are on Mondays, and even now when it gets some early deliveries, it only represents about 3% of the total mail stream.
"We may see some demand shift, but I don’t think it will be a negative impact overall," Gore said.
Lois Brayfield, president and chief creative officer at consultancy J. Schmid & Assoc., said that her catalog-mailing customers are not panicking about the USPS's decision to cut mail delivery to five days.
But she added that it is something to keep an eye on because Monday tends to be the strongest delivery day for catalogs. So in theory, it could mean the catalog delivered on a Monday could become part of a cluttered mailbox.
The announcement that the United States Postal Service will eliminate Saturday mail delivery to street addresses (a move the USPS claims will save $2 billion per year), won’t affect b-to-b publishers as dramatically as consumer magazine publishers. However, the move will do little to improve the economic viability of the USPS.
“ABM supports the efforts of the USPS to reduce costs, and as we have stated, we support the elimination of Saturday delivery along with other measures to reduce costs and put the Postal Service in a better financial position,” said Jack Widener, ABM's postal counsel. “But in this case that has not occurred and we are disappointed in that regard. Lack of action by Congress along with Postal labor union positions have forced the Postal service to make the decision to eliminate Saturday a first step. To put it simply, we believe cutting costs that reduce service to your customers should only be taken as part of the implementation of an overall plan for reducing costs. Congress must take action on the other needed changes.”
The Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service says Congress should focus on three core elements of stabilization including reamortization of payments for prefunding retiree health benefits; return to USPS of its overpayments to the federal Employees Retirement System; and assuring USPS the authority to streamline its service.
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has issued its response to the United States Postal Service (USPS) announcement to eliminate six-day mail delivery service.
“The U.S. Postal Service’s decision to eliminate six-day mail delivery is a short-sighted solution with questionable financial savings and will only drive volume out of the system, stripping both the USPS and businesses that depend on the mailing industry of potential revenues,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “The greatest contributor to the record $15.9 billion USPS losses in 2012 was not the cost of Saturday delivery but the $11.1 billion in unrealistic benefit obligations. Reduction of service puts mailing industry jobs at risk and eliminates the Postal Service’s opportunities to leverage its network to find new revenue growth.”
The USPS is the essential component of a $1 trillion mailing industry that employs more than 8 million Americans in large and small businesses across the country such as advertising, printing, paper manufacturing, publishing, and financial services. Approximately one-third, or $6 billion, of printing and writing paper produced in the U.S. is delivered through the Postal Service.
“We urge Congress to take action to ensure the long-term stability of the Postal Service and to passing comprehensive postal reform that supports both long-term cost reductions and new revenue sources, not by cutting critical services needed for delivery of time sensitive information,” said Harman.
Urban Outfitters, Inc., a leading lifestyle specialty retail company operating under the Anthropologie, BHLDN, Free People, Terrain and Urban Outfitters brands, today announced record net sales for the quarter and year ended January 31, 2013.
Total Company net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 increased to $857 million or 17% over the same quarter last year. Comparable retail segment net sales, which include our comparable direct-to-consumer channel, increased 11% while comparable store net sales were flat. Direct-to-consumer returns at stores are charged against store sales. Excluding these returns, comparable store net sales would have been low single-digit positive. Comparable retail segment net sales increased 37% at Free People, 11% at Urban Outfitters and 7% at Anthropologie. Direct-to-consumer net sales surged by 44% for the quarter and wholesale segment net sales rose 22%.
For the year ended January 31, 2013, total Company net sales increased to $2.8 billion or 13% over the prior year. Comparable retail segment net sales increased 7%, while comparable store net sales decreased by 1%. Excluding the direct-to-consumer returns at stores, comparable store net sales would have been low single-digit positive. Direct-to-consumer net sales increased by 31% for the year and wholesale segment net sales increased 12%.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. today announced sales for the five, fourteen and fifty-three weeks ended February 2, 2013, in accordance with the National Retail Federation fiscal reporting calendar. The comparable percentage change information presented below is based upon comparison of the four, thirteen and fifty-two weeks ended January 26, 2013 with the prior year corresponding periods ended January 28, 2012.
Comparable store sales in the four weeks ended January 26, 2013 decreased 0.4%, compared with the four-week period last year. Total sales for the five weeks ended February 2, 2013 increased 15.2% to $200.8 million, compared with $174.4 million in the four-week period last year.
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, comparable stores sales in the thirteen weeks ended January 26, 2013 increased 1.0%, compared with the thirteen-week period last year. Total sales in the fourteen weeks ended February 2, 2013 increased 3.2% to $1,015.1 million, compared with $983.2 million in the thirteen-week period last year.
Fiscal 2012 comparable store sales in the fifty-two weeks ended January 26, 2013 increased 0.5%, compared with the fifty-two week period last year. Fiscal 2012 total sales for the fifty-three weeks ended February 2, 2013 increased 1.2% to $2,919.4 million, compared with $2,884.7 million in the fifty-two week period last year.
Macy's, Inc. today reported total sales of $1.799 billion for the five weeks ended Feb. 2, 2013, an increase of 34.6 percent compared with total sales of $1.337 billion in the four weeks ended Jan. 28, 2012. The January period reflects an extra week in fiscal 2012, creating a 53-week fiscal year that occurs approximately every six years in the accounting cycle for most retailing companies.
On a same-store basis - which includes comparable four-week periods this year and last year - Macy's, Inc. sales were up 11.7 percent in January as compared to January 2012.
Graphic Packaging Holding Company, a leading provider of packaging solutions to food, beverage and other consumer products companies, today reported Net Income for fourth quarter 2012 of $22.9 million, or $0.06 per share, based upon 392.2 million weighted average diluted shares. This compares to fourth quarter 2011 Net Income of $265.6 million, or $0.67 per share, based on 396.3 million weighted average diluted shares. The fourth quarter of 2011 was positively impacted by the release of a $265.2 million tax valuation allowance.
Adjusted Net Income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $33.2 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, when adjusted for $10.3 million in charges (net of tax) related to business combinations and other special charges (which are detailed in the financial attachments hereto). This compares to fourth quarter 2011 Adjusted Net Income of $7.0 million or $0.02 per diluted share.
For the full year 2012, Net Income was $122.6 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, based on 396.2 million weighted average diluted shares. This compares to 2011 Net Income of $276.9 million or $0.73 per diluted share, based on 381.7 million weighted average diluted shares. Full year 2012 Adjusted Net Income was $146.3 million or $0.37 per diluted share, compared to full year 2011 Adjusted Net Income of $100.7 million, or $0.26 per diluted share.
Norske Skog continues to reduce debt and fixed costs despite challenging markets. Net loss was significantly influenced by non-cash items such as impairments and change in value of energy contracts.
Norske Skog had gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the fourth quarter of 2012 of NOK 327 million, down from NOK 365 million in the third quarter. This decline was due to weak seasonal effects and NOK appreciation. Gross operating earnings for the full year 2012 were NOK 1 464 million, a reduction of NOK 51 million from 2011, mainly due to lower production capacity after the closure of Norske Skog Follum, sale of Norske Skog Bio Bio and Norske Skog Parenco.
Net profit before special items were NOK 432 million in 2012 compared to NOK 12 million in 2011. The net loss of NOK 2.8 billion for 2012 was heavily influenced by NOK 3.2 billion in impairments, change in value of energy contracts and restructuring expenses. Impairments reflect increased uncertainty about sales price expectations. In addition, reassessment of Norske Skog's business in Australasia and reduction in the expected useful life of Norske Skog Walsum influenced impairments.
Cash flow from operating activities was NOK 382 million before net financial payments in the quarter. Underlying interest expenses in 2012 fell from 2011 in line with the reduction of net debt.
Orchids Paper Products Company today reported year-end 2012 financial results.
•Full year net sales increased $3.0 million, or 3%, to $100.8 million, marking the first time the Company has achieved more than $100 million in net sales. Total net sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 decreased 6% to $24.0 million, compared with $25.7 million in the same period in 2011.
•Full year net sales of converted product were $90.5 million, a new twelve-month record, which represented an increase of $8.6 million, or 10%, over 2011. Net sales of converted product in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $21.8 million, a decrease of $2.0 million, or 8%, over the prior year quarter.
•Full year net income for 2012 was $9.3 million, an increase of $3.1 million, or 49%, compared to the $6.2 million in 2011. Fourth quarter 2012 net income was $2.2 million, a decrease of $561,000, or 21%, compared with $2.7 million of net income in the same period of 2011.
News Corporation today reported $9.43 billion of total revenue for the three months ending December 31, 2012, a $450 million or 5% increase over the $8.98 billion of revenue reported in the prior year quarter. The revenue increase was led by $398 million or 18% growth at the Company’s Cable Network Programming segment.
The Company reported second quarter total segment operating income(1) of $1.58 billion compared to $1.50 billion reported a year ago. The improvement was led by operating income improvements at the Company’s Cable Network Programming and Television segments. The second quarter results included $56 million of costs related to the ongoing investigations initiated upon the closure of The News of the World as compared to $87 million in the corresponding period of the prior year. This year’s second quarter results also included $23 million of costs related to the proposed separation of the Company’s entertainment and publishing businesses. Excluding these costs from both years, second quarter adjusted total segment operating income of $1.66 billion increased $75 million or 5% from $1.58 billion reported in the second quarter of the prior year.
The Company reported quarterly net income attributable to stockholders of $2.38 billion ($1.01 per share), compared to $1.06 billion ($0.42 per share) reported in the corresponding period of the prior year. This quarter’s pre-tax results included $1.40 billion of income in Other, net, principally related to gains on the acquisitions of additional ownership stakes in FOX SPORTS Australia and Fox Star Sports Asia (formerly ESPN Star Sports), as well as a $131 million gain from the Company’s participation in British Sky Broadcasting’s (“BSkyB”) share repurchase program, which is reflected in Equity earnings of affiliates. These gains were partially offset by $65 million of restructuring and impairment charges, primarily related to the Company’s international newspaper businesses. Excluding the net income effects of these items, the costs related to the investigations in the U.K. and the proposed separation of the Company’s entertainment and publishing businesses, along with comparable items in both years, second quarter adjusted earnings per share(2) was $0.44 compared with the adjusted prior year quarter result of $0.39.
Holmen Paper is investing SEK 200 million in restructuring the energy supply at Hallsta Paper Mill. This is the single largest investment in the mill since the PM 11 paper machine was built in 2002.
The planned measures strengthen the mill’s competitiveness and form part of the transition to a two-machine mill.
“We’re providing Hallsta Paper Mill with completely new opportunities for the future,” says Henrik Sjölund, head of Holmen Paper. “By improving heat recovery from paper machines and pulp manufacture, we’ll be able to run the mill in a more energy-efficient manner.”
The restructuring also involves closing the two old solid fuel boilers, which will be possible when, as previously announced, the PM 3 paper machine is closed during the second half of 2013. The investment package also includes more modern and efficient monitoring of the process.
“These investments will make Hallsta Paper Mill a modern mill with two paper machines that occupy leading positions in their niches: magazine and book paper. The mill will also be a significant supplier of biofuel as we will have a surplus of bark that was previously burned in the solid fuel boilers,” says Henrik Sjölund.
After nine months of financial year 2012/2013 (April 1 to December 31, 2012), Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is on track to achieve its operating targets for the current financial year.
In the quarter under review (October 1 to December 31, 2012), higher sales and savings from the Focus 2012 efficiency program resulted in a much improved operating result as planned. Quarterly sales were 9 percent up on the same period of the previous year, increasing from EUR 631 million to EUR 688 million. The operating result (EBIT) excluding special items increased by EUR 23 million to EUR 25 million (previous year: EUR 2 million).
Improvements in EBIT and the financial result led to a positive income before taxes of EUR 5 million after a negative result of EUR -25 million in the same quarter of the previous year. Thanks to positive tax effects in the reporting period, the net result rose to EUR 16 million (previous year: EUR -14 million).
"The financial year is going according to plan. The third quarter reflects the progress we had expected in terms of earnings. We are systematically moving toward our target of returning to profitability by the end of financial year 2013/2014. We are on the right track," said Heidelberg CEO Gerold Linzbach.
Costco Wholesale Corporation today reported net sales of $9.35 billion for the month of January, the five weeks ended February 3, 2013, an increase of seven percent from $8.74 billion during the similar period last year. This year's period contained one less day compared to last year, due to the timing of the New Year's holiday, which negatively impacted total and comparable sales by approximately 2%.
For the first twenty-two weeks of its fiscal year ended February 3, 2013, the Company reported net sales of $43.77 billion, an increase of nine percent from $40.18 billion during the similar period last year.
Consolidated Graphics, Inc. today announced financial results for its third quarter ended December 31, 2012.
Revenue for the December 2012 quarter increased 4.0% to $295.3 million, compared to the prior year. Adjusted Operating Income increased 17.3% for the quarter to $24.3 million or 8.2% of revenue, compared to $20.7 million or 7.3% of revenue last year. Adjusted Net Income increased 32.4% to $16.9 million for the quarter, compared to $12.7 million for the prior year. Adjusted Diluted Earnings per share increased 43.4% to $1.75, compared to $1.22 last year. Adjusted EBITDA increased 9.2% to $42.7 million for the quarter and Free Cash Flow was $16.8 million for the quarter.
Operating income during the December 2012 quarter was $23.3 million, compared to $17.6 million for the prior year. Net income for the quarter was $16.3 million or $1.68 diluted earnings per share, compared to $10.8 million or $1.04 diluted earnings per share last year.
Joe R. Davis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Graphics, commented, "Revenue growth this quarter was driven by growth in digital print revenue, which increased 3.6%, as well as strong election-related revenue. The sales growth we experienced was made possible by investment in our best of class digital print platform, along with our technology infrastructure and solutions. Looking forward, we are optimistic that with an improving U.S. economy in 2013, we will experience greater demand for our products and services."
West Texas Intermediate oil was little changed as an Energy Information Administration report showed supplies dropped at Cushing, Oklahoma, the biggest U.S. storage hub and delivery point for the New York-traded crude.
Futures slipped 2 cents after stockpiles declined 315,000 barrels last week at Cushing to 51.4 million, a one-month low. Nationwide inventories gained 2.62 million barrels to 371.7 million. WTI’s discount to Brent oil widened to the most this year on concern that flow limits on the Seaway pipeline would bolster a glut at Cushing.
“It looks like a lot of buyers are using railcars to avoid the bottleneck at Cushing,” said Richard Soultanian, co- president of NUS Consulting Group, a Park Ridge, New Jersey- based energy procurement adviser. “Anyone that can avoid Cushing is going to.”
Crude oil for March delivery settled at $96.62 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It touched a two-week low of $95.04 in intraday trading.
Limited Brands, Inc. reported comparable store sales for the five weeks ended Feb. 2, 2013 increased 9% compared to the five weeks ended Feb. 4, 2012. The Company reported net sales of $986.4 million for the five-week period ended Feb. 2, 2013 compared to sales of $774.5 million for the four-week period ended Jan. 28, 2012. The fifth week in January 2013 represented approximately $125 million in sales.
Comparable store sales for the 14 week fourth quarter ended Feb. 2, 2013 increased 5% compared to the 14 weeks ended Feb. 4, 2012. Net sales were $3.856 billion for the 14 week fourth quarter ended Feb. 2, 2013 compared to $3.515 billion for the 13 weeks ended Jan. 28, 2012.
The Company reported a comparable stores sales increase of 6% for the 53 week year ended Feb. 2, 2013, compared to the 53 weeks ended Feb. 4, 2012. Net sales were $10.459 billion for the 53 week year ended Feb. 2, 2013 compared to $10.364 billion for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 28, 2012.
Fourth quarter 2011 and 2011 full year sales included $13.1 million and $702.4 million attributable to the third party apparel sourcing business, which was sold in November 2011.
Metsä Group Financial Statements Bulletin 2012, Stock Exchange Release 7 February 2013 at noon
Full year result for 2012
– Sales amounted to EUR 5,001 million (1–12/2011: EUR 5,346 million).
– Operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 252 million (314). Operating result including non-recurring items was EUR 237 million (29).
– Result before taxes excluding non-recurring items was EUR 149 million (195). Including non-recurring items, the result before taxes was EUR 134 million (-98).
– Cash flow from operations amounted to EUR 440 million (552)
Result for October–December 2012
– Sales amounted to EUR 1,228 million (10–12/2011: 1,223).
– Operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 71 million (3). Operating result including non-recurring items was EUR 77 million (-200).
– Result before taxes and excluding non-recurring items was EUR 43 million (-21). Result before taxes including non-recurring items was EUR 49 million (-228).