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Sales growth for Provimi in first quarter of 2008

Animal nutrition company Provimi announced its sales today for the first quarter of 2008. Sales amounted to €532.5 million, an increase of 19.8% compared to the same period in 2007.

The sales increase was largely due to higher selling prices caused by increased raw material costs. Sales in all parts of the world increased.

Raw materials
The first months of 2008 saw a continued increase of raw material prices. The prices of major ingredients, notably soy and grains, continued to show an upward trend. Many vitamins and phosphates also increased in price during the first three months of the year.

Market conditions in animal nutrition remain challenging, notably for swine feed. However, favourable raw material positions and prices increases contributed to operating margins.

Outlook for 2008
In spite of a favourable start of the year, raw material markets are expected to remain volatile and market conditions for our customers remain challenging.

The group will continue its restructuring activities to improve efficiency and to adapt the organisation to the changing market conditions.

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