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Würth kontserni käive aastal 2013 oli 9,74 miljardit eurot


Würth kontserni käive aastal 2013 oli 9,74 miljardit eurot.

Würth kontserni pressiteade:

Würth Group increases operating result 2013

· Sales stagnate (adjusted year-over-year comparison)
· Markets in southern Europe continue to burden the
business development of the Würth Group
· Extensive investments in logistics and infrastructure
Künzelsau. In the business year 2013, the Würth Group generated sales of
EUR 9.74 billion, which is less than in the previous year (2012: EUR 9.98
billion). According to the preliminary annual financial statement, this
corresponds to a decline by 2.4 percent. After adjusting for the Group's solar
activities, which have been abandoned in 2012, the overall decline in sales
comes to 0.1 percent. The solar business had generated sales of about EUR
250 million in 2012.
While the companies in Germany achieved an adjusted sales plus of 1.7
percent compared to the previous year, the adjusted sales result abroad was
1.5 percent below last year's level. This is above all due to the difficult
economic situation in the southern European markets that are of great
importance for the Würth Group.
Thanks to the good development of individual companies such as Adolf Würth
GmbH & Co. KG, Arnold Umformtechnik GmbH & Co. KG or the Würth
Elektronik Group, the operating result will range between EUR 440 and 450
million (previous year: EUR 415 million), which constitutes an increase of at
least 6 percent. The number of employees went down by 2.5 percent to
63,571 worldwide (previous year: 65,169). Here, it has to be mentioned that
a great part of the staff reduction was a result of the sales development
The Würth Group's investment volume remained on a high level, with more than
EUR 400 million invested in 2013. The new distribution center of Adolf Würth
GmbH & Co. KG at the location in Gaisbach as well as the extension of the
branch office network of the Würth Group are two examples. About 90 new
branch offices were opened worldwide.
Robert Friedmann, Chairman of the Central Managing Board of the Würth
Group, summarizes the past business year as follows: "The result increase
shows that the Würth Group stands out due to its strong profitability in spite of
the difficult general conditions and that the measures taken to increase
productivity and reduce fixed costs are bearing fruit. The positive sales
development in the fourth quarter of 2013 makes us optimistic that we will
achieve our plans in 2014."
Strategic optimization processes, the planned recruitment of 1,800 employees
in the sales force and the further development of e-business will have a positive
effect, just as the optimistic economic forecasts. In 2014, the Würth Group
plans to generate a sales volume of more than EUR 10 billion and an
operating result of over EUR 500 million.
With an increase in equity capital of about EUR 200 million to a total of EUR
3.4 billion, the Würth Group reports an equity ratio of around 42 percent in
the business year 2013, which constitutes a robust financial basis.

About the Würth Group

The Würth Group is the world's market leader in its core business, the trade in assembly and
fastening materials. It currently consists of more than 400 companies in over 80 countries with
a total of 63,600 employees on the payroll. Approximately 30,000 of them are permanently
employed sales representatives.
In the Group's core business, the Würth Line, the sales program for craft and industry
comprises more than 100,000 products – from screws, screw accessories and anchors over
tools to chemical products and personal protective equipment.
The Allied Companies of the Würth Group, which either operate in business areas related to
the core business or in diversified business areas, round off the range by offering products for
DIY stores, material for electrical installations, electronic components such as circuit boards as
well as financial services. They generate approximately 40 percent of the Würth Group's sales


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