Pirelli posts 7% profit increase despite lower sales

Milan – Pirelli C & SpA has posted strong growth in earnings (adjusted EBIT before start-up costs) for the first six months of the year, despite a decline in sales.

In the six months to end of June, the Italian tire maker posted a 6.8% rise in earnings at €473.3 million compared with the same period last year.

The improvement, said Pirelli in a 7 Aug financial statement, is linked to internal levers such as price/mix and efficiencies, which “more than offset” an increase in the cost…

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