COMMENTS FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CEO
The positive organic sales growth continued in North America, Ibero-America and inMobileand Monitoring. The organic sales growth inLatin America, an important area in the new business segment Security Services Ibero-America, is developing strongly and amounted to 24 percent during the period. The loss of a few important contracts has hampered the growth in Security Services Europe. Including acquisitions, the real sales growth in the Group was 13 percent in the quarter and 11 percent for the first half year.
The operating margin remains stable in North America, Ibero-America and inMobileand Monitoring, and the real change of the operating income compared to previous year is developing well. In Security Services Europe, the loss of a few major contracts and difficulties to manage the balance between wage increases and price increases have resulted in a non-satisfactory development and actions are taken to restore the performance. The balance of labor markets recovering and competitive market conditions must be managed with prudence, and being the market leader in many European markets, we will continue to prioritize profitability rather than market share.
The recent large acquisitions in the United Kingdom, that give us an improved presence and strength in the UK security market, are developing as expected even if they dilute the operating margin during 2011.
President and Chief Executive Officer
PRESENTATION OF THE INTERIM REPORT
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