Kesko's sales in October increased by 4.4%

KESKO CORPORATION STOCK EXCHANGE RELASE 14.11.2012 AT 09.00 1(2)

The Kesko Group`s sales in October 2012, excluding VAT, totalled 848.3 million, showing an increase of 4.4%.

In Kesko`s food trade, sales in October were €379.6 million, an increase of 10.1%. Sales to K-food store chains were up 9.2%. Kespro`s sales grew by 17.7%. The number of delivery days in October was two more than in the previous year.

In the home and speciality goods trade, sales in October were €142.8 million, an increase of 1.5%. Sales growth was achieved by K-citymarket`s home and speciality goods and Intersport.

In the building and home improvement trade, sales in October were €259.0 million, an increase of 3.2%. Sales in Finland were down 6.8%. Sales abroad increased by 11.8% in terms of euros. In Russia, sales increased by 16.8% in terms of euros.

In the car and machinery trade, sales in October were €82.6 million, a decrease of 12.4%. VV-Auto`s sales in October were €61.7 million, down 19.0% due to a decline of the passenger car and van market after the car tax change. Konekesko`s sales in October were €20.9 million, an increase of 14.0% from the previous year.

Kesko Group sales in euros, excluding VAT, in October 2012:

October 2012 1.1. - 31.10.2012
€ million Change, % € million Change, %
Food trade, total 379.6 10.1 3,589.7 4.1
Home and speciality goods trade, total 142.8 1.5 1,271.9 4.5
Building and home improvement trade, Finland 108.1 -6.8 1,090.4 1.2
Building and home improvement trade, other countries 150.9 11.8 1,392.5 8.1
Building and home improvement trade, total 259.0 3.2 2,482.8 5.0
Car and machinery trade, total 82.6 -12.4 987.3 -3.4
Common operations and eliminations -15.8 -140.0
Grand total 848.3 4.4 8,191.7 3.6
Finland, total 686.6 2.4 6,657.6 2.4
Other countries, total 161.7 13.9 1,534.2 9.4
Grand total 848.3 4.4 8,191.7 3.6

Change, % indicates the change over the corresponding period of the previous year.

In October 2012, the number of selling days in Kesko`s wholesale in Finland was 23, which was two more than in the previous year. The total number of selling days in January-October was one more than in the previous year. The number of retail selling days in October was 31, which was the same as in the previous year. The total number of retail selling days in January-October was one more than in the previous year.

Kesko releases advance information on the K-Group`s retail sales quarterly, in connection with the interim reports.

Further information is available from Vice President, Corporate Controller Eva Kaukinen, tel. +358 1053 22338.

Kesko Corporation

Merja Haverinen
Vice President, Corporate Communications

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