Press release; Apr 25, 2003 11:46 AM CET

Interim Report January - March 2003

  • Sales reached 3,006 MSEK (3,317)
  • Sales were flat in local currencies
  • Continued volume growth for snuff
  • Operating income declined to 516 MSEK (605) or by 15 percent
  • Currency impact reduced operating income by 64 MSEK, or 11 percent
  • EPS was 0.99 SEK (1.02)
  • Total shares outstanding as of March 31, 2003 was 334.3 million (350.0)

For further information, please contact:

Lennart Sundén, President and Chief Executive Officeroffice+46 8 658 01 75
   
Sven Hindrikes, Executive Vice President andoffice+46 8 658 02 82
Chief Financial Officermobile+46 70 567 41 76
   
Bo Aulin, Senior Vice President, Secretaryoffice+46 8 658 03 64
and General Counselmobile+46 70 558 03 64
   
Emmett Harrison, Vice President, Investor Relationsoffice+46 8 658 01 73
 mobile+46 70 938 01 73
   
Lin McKinnie, Vice President, Investor Relations (US)office+1 804 302 1912
 mobile+1 804 502 1912