ZURICH, July 30 Swiss cement maker Holcim
, which is preparing to merge with French peer Lafarge
, said second-quarter net profit rose nearly 6 percent
as a cost-cutting and restructuring drive helped offset the
impact of a drop in sales.
The Jona-based company said net profit stood at 406 million
Swiss francs ($447.78 million) in the second quarter, compared
to 383 million year ago.
Unfavourable currency moves took a bite out of sales, which
fell nearly 7 percent to 4.973 billion francs. Excluding the
impact of currencies, sales rose 2.3 percent.
Holcim confirmed its outlook for rising cement volumes
across all regions and organic growth in operating profit, as
well as better operating margins this year.
($1 = 0.9067 Swiss Francs)
(Reporting By Katharina Bart; Editing by Miral Fahmy)