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October 24, 2006
Strong value creation – high growth and improved operating profit margins
Note: All figures are for continuing operations, unless otherwise stated.Continued strong growth in all regions and most customer segments.Orders received up 21%, whereof 19% in volume.Revenues reached MSEK 12 538 (10 674), up 15% in volume.Operating profit was MSEK 2 306 (1 781), corresponding to a margin of 18.4% (16.7).Profit before tax increased 16% to MSEK 2 081 (1 800).Profit for the period was MSEK 2 117 (1 709).Basic earnings per share were SEK 3.36 (2.71). Operating cash flow totaled MSEK 434 (1 671). Atlas Copco sells majority stake of the equipment rental business. Start of share repurchases.Near-term demand outlookThe demand for Atlas Copco’s products and services, from most customer segments such as mining, construction, and the manufacturing and process industries, is expected to remain at the current high level.