* 9-month sales down 3.5 percent to 5.95 bln euros
* Q3 sales down 2.9 percent to 1.95 bln euros
* Backlog down 1 percent at 2.7 bln euros at Sept end
By Caroline Jacobs and Christian Plumb
PARIS, Oct 27 French nuclear group Areva
posted a 3.5 percent decline in nine-month sales on
Thursday, squeezed by weakness in its uranium mining and
Revenues reached 5.95 billion euros ($8.4 billion) and were
down 1.5 percent on a like-for-like basis, state-owned Areva
said in a statement.
For the third-quarter alone, revenues fell 2.9 percent to
1.95 billion euros, Areva said, without providing details about
specific business lines' performance for the period.
Areva's order backlog fell 1 percent to 42.7 billion euros
at the end of September from three months earlier, and remained
stable compared with the same period at the end of September
Since the nuclear disaster at Japan's Fukushima power plant
in March, order cancellations have been just 301 million euros,
Countries such as Germany, Switzerland and Italy have
shelved nuclear plans after the incident, but others such as
Britain, Poland or the Czech Republic said they would go ahead
with the construction of new plants.
Areva is assessing what consequences Fukushima will have on
its business and will announce its five-year strategy plan in
But the company is still betting on an increase in demand
for energy due to a growing world population and needs in
rapidly emerging markets, while nuclear power generation has the
advantage of not emitting greenhouse gases.
Chairman and Chief Executive Luc Oursel has said Areva was
actively negotiating possible deals in countries such as China,
India and Britain.
Shares in Areva closed up 5.26 percent at 22.50 euros
before the release of the results, as the CAC 40 index
closed 6.28 percent higher after European Union leaders struck a
deal to help resolve the euro zone debt crisis.
($1 = 0.707 Euros)
(Reporting by Caroline Jacobs and Christian Plumb; Additional
reporting by Elena Berton; Editing by Will Waterman)