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23 April 2015
23 April 2015

Finland: Oriola-KD’s Q1/2015 results meet expectations

Oriola-KD has published its Q1/2015 results, reporting the operating profit before non-reoccurring items to amount to EUR 13.1 million. The equivalent figure last year was EUR 13.5 million.

Earnings per share were EUR 0.05, as in last year and net sales increased to EUR 411 million. Analysts had previously forecasted the net sales to reach EUR 397 million.

The company expects the 2015 net sales to remain on the same level as last year, at about EUR 1.61 billion. According to the company CEO Eero Hautaniemi, new agreements signed in 2014 generally increased Swedish wholesale business.

“The Swedish business grew and operating profit excluding non-recurring items remained at the previous year's level. Swedish retail business’ operating profit increased due to sales growth and good cost control, even though the new high-priced and low-margin specialty drugs decreased percent of gross margin", Hautaniemi says.

Intelligence reporting by Global Intelligence Alliance

Original article on Arvopaperi in Finnish language

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25 March 2015
25 March 2015

Sweden: Kronans Apotek to train newly arrived pharmacists

In cooperation with Arbetsförmedlingen, Kronans Apotek offers pharmacists, who have just arrived to Sweden, six-month trainee positions at almost 200 pharmacies. Sveriges Farmaceuter’s head Kristina Niemi welcomes the initiative.

According to Kronans Apotek, the estimations show at least 200 pharmacists have arrived to Sweden recently, mainly from Syria. Through the trainee job, they are given an opportunity to practise Swedish and get to know Swedish pharmacies, thus entering the Swedish labour market faster, the company writes in its release. At the same time, the move is hoped to compensate the lack of pharmacists in certain parts of Sweden.

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