France: Ciments Français has reported that its total revenue fell by 3.6% year-on-year to Euro3.59bn in 2013 from Euro3.73bn in 2012. Like its parent company Italcementi, It blamed the drop on continued disruption in demand for building materials in Western Europe, with problems in Egypt and an uneven recovery in North America.
Overall sales volumes for cement and clinker fell by 3.8% to 37.9Mt. Sales revenue for cement and clinker fell by 4.8% to Euro2.39bn. By region, Western Europe and Emerging Europe, North Africa and the Middle East saw sales volumes decrease in 2013 and North America and Asia saw sales volumes increase. However sales revenues fell in all regions except Asia in 2013. In particular Ciments Français' revenue report mentioned Egypt's role in reducing sales volumes in 2013 in the Emerging Europe, North Africa & Middle East region due to fuel shortages.