- Unit sales down +23%, primarily due to the fall-off in tire demand in all of the country markets except China. The decline was especially apparent in the original equipment business and, more broadly, in Truck tires.
- Highly positive +9.6% impact from the price mix, reflecting the resistance of the MICHELIN brand and the Group’s firm pricing policy.
- Operating income before non-recurring items down +60.2% to €282 million,hit by the decline in unit sales and the increase in capacity under-utilization costs.
- Generation of €575 million in free cash flow, driven by efficient management of working capital (particularly inventory) and the sharp reduction in capital expenditure, to €319 million from €500 million in first-half 2008.
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