Clas Ohlson sales development in October 2012

Sales rose 6% in October to SEK 562 M (531). 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 October 31 2012 was 167. Mail order/Internet sales during the month was SEK 12 M (9).

Sales channels (SEK M):

                                                         Percentage             Percentage change,
Countries                                         change:                  local currency:

Sweden                 255 (247)                   +  3%             +   3%
Norway                  234 (220)                   +  6%             +   8%
Finland                    52   (42)                    + 25%           + 32%
UK                           21   (22)                    -   2%             -   4%

Total sales during the first six months (May-October 2012) increased by 5% to SEK 3,076 M (2,940).

The Q2-report for 2012/13 will be published on December 12 2012.

For more information please contact:

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

John Womack, Director Information & IR: +46 (0)70-678 24 99

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 Thursday November 15 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 in Insjön, Sweden. Today we are a retail company with customers in five markets, approximately 5,000 co-workers and annual sales of approximately 8.8 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. Visit to read about us and our passion for simplifying life in all kinds of homes.


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