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Swiss Industrial Sales to Drop as Orders Sink for Fifth Quarter

August 22, 2012

Swiss Industrial companies may have declining sales in the second half after a 1.4 percent rise in the first six months, mechanical and electrical engineering trade group Swissmem said in a statement.

New orders for the 290 members of Swissmem, which include ABB Ltd. (ABBN) and OC Oerlikon AG, dropped for a fifth successive quarter as declining exports to European Union countries and pricing pressure on exports from Switzerland’s strong franc mean “there will be no short-term improvement,” Swissmem said.

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