Switzerland: Holcim Ltd said that falling demand in key markets, including India and Brazil, weighed on third quarter sales, but the Zurich-based cement maker still posted earnings ahead of expectations as business picked up in Europe and the Americas.
In the three months to the end of September 2013 Holcim's net income rose to Euro381m from Euro319m for the same period of 2012. Revenue fell to Euro4284m from Euro4668m year-on-year, as demand in India and Mexico fell.
Holcim said that cost cutting helped boost earnings but cautioned that the volume of cement it sells will likely slip below its expectations for the whole of 2013. Holcim gets the vast majority of its sales outside of Switzerland, with its biggest market, India, generating around a third of its revenue. The company still expects to post a rise in operating profit in 2013.