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Kesko's sales in August increased by 3.0%


September 14, 2012 - London

KESKO CORPORATION STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE 14.09.2012 AT 09.00 1(2)

The Kesko Group's sales in August 2012, excluding VAT, totalled 882.8 million, showing an increase of 3.0%.

In Kesko's food trade, sales in August were €390.3 million, an increase of 4.7%. Sales to the K-food store chains were up 3.2%. Kespro's sales grew by 9.9%. The sales of Pirkka products to K-food stores increased by 6.5%.

In the home and speciality goods trade, sales in August were €141.0 million, an increase of 5.4%. The best sales growth was achieved by K-citymarket's home and speciality goods and Intersport.

In the building and home improvement trade, sales in August were €274.5 million, an increase of 1.2%. Sales in Finland were down 5.3%. Sales abroad increased by 6.2% in terms of euros. In Russia, sales increased by 24.2% in terms of euros.

In the car and machinery trade, sales in August were €92.2 million, a decrease of 1.8%. VV-Auto's sales in August were €59.1 million, down 10.5%, which was attributable to a decline of the passenger car and van market after the car tax change. Konekesko's sales in August were €33.2 million, an increase of 18.8% from the previous year.

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

August 2012 1.1. - 31.8.2012
€ million Change, % € million Change, %
Food trade, total 390.3 4.7 2,863.7 4.1
Home and speciality goods trade, total 141.0 5.4 990.1 4.9
Building and home improvement trade, Finland 112.4 -5.3 876.1 2.7
Building and home improvement trade, other countries 162.0 6.2 1,094.1 8.4
Building and home improvement trade, total 274.5 1.2 1,970.2 5.8
Car and machinery trade, total 92.2 -1.8 819.4 -2.1
Common operations and eliminations -15.2 -108.2
Grand total 882.8 3.0 6,535.2 4.0
Finland, total 702.7 1.7 5,322.6 2.8
Other countries, total 180.1 8.3 1,212.6 9.7
Grand total 882.8 3.0 6,535.2 4.0

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

In August 2012, the number of selling days in Kesko's wholesale in Finland was 23, which was the same as in the previous year. The total number of selling days in January-August was one more than in the previous year. The number of retail selling days in August was 31, which was the same as in the previous year. The total number of retail selling days in January-August 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
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Responsibility

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