SCA reported that net sales for the nine months from January to September rose 1% from the same period a year ago to $12 billion. Profit before tax, excluding restructuring costs was $841 million. Profit for the period, excluding restructuring costs, was $614 million.
Operating profit rose 5% for the first nine months of the year and 26% for the third quarter compared with a year ago.
Earnings from SCA’s hygiene business improved significantly during the third quarter compared to a year ago with tissue up 74% and personal care up 10%. “A better product mix and stronger margins along with synergy effects in the European tissue operations contributed to this. Margins for our baby diapers have increased compared with a year ago. Campaign intensity remains high in all categories,” said Jan Johansson, SCA’s president and CEO.