Linde continues positive trend


The Linde Group is continuing to see figures rising, and expects to see its business performance in the second half of 2009 to be better than the first half.

The company continued the positive trend of the second quarter in a market environment which remained difficult, achieving further increases in profitability in the months July to September in comparison with the previous quarter.

In the third quarter, group operating profit rose by 12.5% compared to the second quarter, while the operating margin increased significantly to 22.5%, in the second quarter it was 20.4%.The operating margin also continued to improve if a comparison is made between the first nine months of 2009 and the same period in 2008.

$quot;The positive trends we were seeing at the end of the second quarter have continued to strengthen,$quot; said Professor Dr Wolfgang Reitzle, Chief Executive Officer of Linde AG.

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