- Significant rebound in every tire market, except the original equipment truck segment in Europe, off of favorable prior-year comparatives.
- Volume up +15.3% for the quarter, gaining momentum late in the period as market share held firm.
- A negative +2.1% price-mix effect, reflecting i) faster growth in original equipment than replacement sales and ii) the application of contractual price adjustments indexed to raw materials costs, particularly in the specialty tire business.
Outlook for 2010
- Around +10% growth in volume as mature economies gradually recover.
- Continued deployment of a responsive pricing policy, assuming current raw materials prices hold firm.
- Capital expenditure of €1-1.2 billion, mainly due to outlays for projects in Brazil, China and India.
In light of these factors, Michelin maintains its objective of generating positive
free cash flow for the year.
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