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SCA Reports Sales

June 1, 2010

SCA announced sales results for the period from January to March 2010. Net sales decreased 6% (excluding exchange rate effects, net sales increased by 1%) to $4 billion. Profits before tax, excluding re­structuring costs rose 16% (excluding exchange rate effects, by 20%) to $234 million.

In the Personal Care segment, operating profit improved by 5% (excluding exchange rate effects, 9%), mainly due to higher volumes and lower raw material costs. Net sales decreased by 6% (excluding exchange rate effects, net sales were unchanged). Sales rose by 2% as a result of higher volumes and acquisitions, but decreased 2% as a result of slight change in the product mix and lower prices.

In the Personal Care products segment, net sales decreased 6% for the period from January to March 2010 compared with the corresponding period a year ago. Sales of Tena brand incontinence products rose 3%, excluding exchange rate effects. Sales of baby diapers fell 9%, excluding exchange rate effects. Sales of feminine care products rose 9%, excluding exchange rate effects.
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