- The economic conditions are increasingly being reflected in Itella's business as well. The international financial crisis began to affect our operations after the summer season. The biggest factors affecting profitability were, however, the rise in labor costs, which was known in advance, and the higher fuel prices. Full-year results fell short of the previous year, although our operational result was close to expectations.
2008 was a significant year in terms of Itella's strategic trajectory. We clarified our strategy by basing our operations on three processes that are vitally important both for our business customers and for the public sector: customer relationship and sales processes, supply chain and logistics processes, and invoicing and financial management processes. Itella's future growth prospects will focus on these areas.
In Finland, our number one goal is securing and improving the conditions for postal services. The related major investment program gained momentum in 2008.
Geographically speaking, our growth was strongest in Russia particularly in service logistics. In Central Europe, our expansion was more moderate, with Itella Information grew organically into new countries.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Jukka Alho, President and CEO, tel. +358 20 451 5600,
Tuija Soanjärvi, CFO, tel. +358 20 45 20907,
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Itella Group provides solutions for managing information and product flows. Itella operates in mail communication, information logistics and logistics in Northern and Central Europe and Russia. The Group employs some 31,700 staff and reported net sales of EUR 1 953 million in 2008. Corporate services are delivered under the Itella brand, while the Posti brand is used for services targeted at consumers in Finland. More information on the Group is available at www.itella.fi/group/english.