PARIS (April 24, 2014) — Group Michelin reported a 2.4-percent drop in sales revenue in its fiscal 2014 first quarter despite a 3.4-percent increase in sales volume, the company reported today.
The drop in revenue reflects negative changes in the price-mix ratio and currency exchange rate differences, Michelin said.
Sales totaled $6.6 billion in the period, with revenues in the specialty businesses sector falling the most, 5.2 percent.
Michelin did not disclose earnings at this time, but said it expects to improve its gross unit margin for the entire year, “while preserving a positive balance between pricing policy and raw materials costs.”
By business unit, revenue in the passenger/light truck area slipped 2.4 percent to $3.5 billion; truck tire revenue was off 1 percent to $2.03 billion; and specialty business sales slid to $1.07 billion.
Regarding the increase in volumes, Michelin said this reflects a “generally improving market environment,” except in Eastern Europe and the mining segment.
As for the market environment, Michelin replacement demand for consumer tires was up overall 7 percent, including 11-percent growth in Asia and 7-percent in North America. Likewise aftermarket demand for truck tires was up in all markets, including 8-percent in North America.
OE demand was more of a mixed bag, Michelin reported, with gains in Europe, North America and Asia for consumer tires offsetting declines in South America and Africa/Middle East. In truck tires, gains in Asia and North and South America offset drops in Europe and Africa/Middle East.
Titan International and the United Steelworkers union have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka. What’s your opinion?
|I wholeheartedly support their action – something needs to be done.||
|I think it’s a bad idea that could inevitably tie the hands of domestic tire makers.||
|I oppose any duties against tire importers—they only raise costs for distributors and make it harder to obtain inventory.||
|I’m kind of on the fence and not sure what’s right, but need more information before deciding.||
|I don’t really care whether or not relief is granted.||
|Total votes: 78|