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Press release

ICA AB Interim Report January – June 2012

Continued positive development for the ICA Group

Today, ICA published its interim report for the second quarter and first half of 2012, reporting continuous positive development for the group.

Second quarter highlights

  • Net sales for the second quarter amounted to SEK 24,758 million (24,365), up 1.6 percent. At constant exchange rates net sales increased by 1.3 percent.
  • Operating income excluding non-recurring items in Norway of SEK -194 million amounted to SEK 816 million (738), up 10.6 percent.
  • Income after net financial items amounted to SEK 546 million (646).
  • Net income for the second quarter amounted to SEK 338 million (432).

First half-year highlights

  • Net sales for the first half-year amounted to SEK 48,067 million (46,250), up 3.9 percent. At constant exchange rates net sales increased by 3.4 percent.
  • Operating income excluding non-recurring items in Norway of SEK -194 million amounted to SEK 1,497 million (1,228), up 21.9 percent.
  • Income after net financial items amounted to SEK 1,161 million (1,068).
  • Net income for the first half-year amounted to SEK 776 million (686).


ICA's CEO, Per Strömberg, commented: "The ICA Group continued its positive development during the second quarter 2012. Net sales at constant exchange rates rose by 1.3 percent, mainly due to sales increases by ICA Sweden, Rimi Baltic and ICA Bank. Operating income before non-recurring items in Norway amounted to SEK 816 million, up slightly over 10 percent compared to the same period last year. The net effect of the non-recurring items deriving from the divestment of ICA Maxi in Norway amounted to SEK -135 million. In addition, we decided to take a provision relating to administrative efficiencies in ICA Norway, which further impacted the result with SEK -59 million. During the quarter, Group Management continued to define the future strategic direction for the ICA Group and work proceeded as planned. "