Press release; Apr 20, 2005 11:07 AM CET

Interim Report January – March 2005

- prepared in accordance with IFRS


• Sales were 2,967 MSEK (3,002)
• In local currencies, sales were up 1%
• Operating income amounted to 528 MSEK (1,924; 507 excluding settlement income from UST of 1,417 MSEK)
• Net profit for the period amounted to 340 MSEK (1,140; 319 excluding settlement income from UST of 821 MSEK)
• EPS amounted to 1.04 SEK (3.44; 0.94 excluding settlement income)


For further information, please contact:
Sven Hindrikes, President and Chief Executive Officer
Office +46 8 658 02 82, Mobile +46 70 567 41 76

Lars Dahlgren, Chief Financial Officer
Office +46 8 658 04 41, Mobile +46 70 958 04 41

Bo Aulin, Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Office +46 8 658 03 64, Mobile +46 70 558 03 64

Emmett Harrison, Vice President, Investor Relations (IR)
Office +46 8 658 01 73, Mobile +46 70 938 01 73

Richard Flaherty, Vice President, Business Control & CFO, IR (US)
Office +1 804 302 1774, Mobile +1 804 400 1774