Lafarge: August '12

After reporting an increase in sales but a slip in volumes for 1H2012, Lafarge remains confident that cement demand will continue to rise in 2012. For the first six months, sales were up five per cent to R7.6bn and operating income 15 per cent to R1bn. However, volumes slipped one per cent to 69.7Mt for cement. In addition they were down two per cent for aggregates to 84.2Mt and seven per cent to 15.7Mt for the ready-mixed concrete segment.

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