Clas Ohlson sales development in April

Sales rose 8% in April to SEK 412 M (382). In local currencies, sales increased 7%. Compared with the same month in 2011, 18 stores have been added and the total number of stores on April 30 2012 was 157. Mail order/Internet sales during the month was SEK 10 M (6).

Sales channels (SEK M):

                                                         Percentage             Percentage change,
Countries                                         change:                  local currency:

Sweden                197 (187)                       +5%                +5%

Norway               166 (152)                       +9%               +7%

Finland                  32  (28)                     +14%              +15%

UK                         18   (16)                     +12%               +6%

Total sales during the 12 months period (May 2011–April 2012) increased by 7% to SEK 6,260 M (5,828).

The Year-end report for financial year 2011/12 will be published on 13 June 2012.

For more information please contact:

Klas Balkow, CEO and President: +46 (0)247-447 55

John Womack, Director Information & IR: +46 (0)247-444 05

The information in this press release comprises information that Clas Ohlson AB (publ) is required to disclose pursuant to the Swedish Securities Market Act and/or the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was released for publication at 08:00 (CET) on Tuesday 15 May 2012.

Clas Ohlson AB is a Swedish chain store that sells, amongst other things, hardware, electrical, multimedia, and home and leisure products. It is the largest hardware chain in Scandinavia. The company was founded in 1918 by the technically-minded Clas Ohlson (1895–1979), as a mail order business based in the Swedish village of Insjön, Dalarna. Initially, only manuals and technical literature were sold. He opened his first shop in Insjön in 1926 and there are now stores throughout Sweden, as well as in Norway and Finland. In 2008, the company opened its first store in the United Kingdom, in Croydon, south London. There are now stores at the Arndale Centre in Manchester, at The Harlequin in Watford, in Kingston upon Thames, Reading, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster, Norwich and Newcastle.


About Us

Clas Ohlson was founded in 1918 as a mail order business based in Insjön, Sweden. This year, we are celebrating 100 years as a business with customers in five markets, approximately 5,000 co-workers and annual sales of approximately 8 billion SEK. Our share is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. A lot has happened since the start in 1918, but one thing has remained the same over the years; that we want to help and inspire people to improve their everyday lives by offering smart, simple, practical solutions at attractive prices. Read more about our history on or visit for current events and information.


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