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Old July 1st, 2006, 08:05 AM   #41
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KLM has a thing with Northwest which now means Minneapolis has a French connection.
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EU court throws out easyJet suit against Air France-KLM merger
By AOIFE WHITE
4 July 2006

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Low-cost airline easyJet PLC saw its lawsuit challenging the EU antitrust approval of the merger between Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines thrown out on Tuesday by the Court of First Instance.

The carrier filed a suit with the Luxembourg-based court to annul the 2004 merger, arguing that EU regulators did not properly examine the merger's impact on competitors.

But the EU's second highest court said arguments made by British-based easyJet "do not prove that the (European) Commission committed manifest errors of assessment" in approving the deal.

It added that easyJet gave "no evidence" to prove claims Air France and KLM could influence the allocation of slots at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly airports.

The court decision was a test for Europe's flagship airlines, which are contemplating consolidation to cut costs and win back customers from discount carriers.

The EU's approval of the Air France-KLM merger went through on condition the two airlines give up several takeoff and landing slots, mainly at their Paris and Amsterdam hubs.

Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd said the ruling confirmed that companies' promises to change their business behavior -- in this case opening up access to Air France/KLM slots at European airports to other airlines -- could remove antitrust concerns when it was not possible for them to sell off business units.

The British airline has not decided whether to appeal the ruling to the European Court of Justice. It said it was disappointed that the court did not back its view that the Commission had waved through the first major pan-European airline merger without paying heed to the interests of consumers.

"We had hoped the court would give the European Commission a rap over the knuckles for bowing to political pressure and agreeing the merger in double-quick time," said easyJet Chief Executive Andy Harrison.

"The fact of the matter remains that France suffers from the least competition and the highest air fares of any major European country. The European Commission had a great opportunity to address this profound structural failing by using the Air France/KLM case to inject some genuine and much-needed competition into the market," he said.

The airline said it is also challenging the Commission's clearance of an alliance between Air France and Alitalia, saying the companies have not opened up airport slots to rivals despite requests from easyJet.

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Old July 13th, 2006, 05:36 PM   #43
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Air France-KLM CEO to be probed in fraud investigation: source

PARIS, July 12, 2006 (AFP) - The chief executive of airline Air France-KLM, Jean-Cyril Spinetta, is to be questioned by a French judge under an investigation into money laundering and illegal employment practices at a bankrupt airline security group, a source close to the case said on Wednesday.

Spinetta is to be interviewed in the next few days by financial judge Herve Loureau in Paris who might put him under investigation, a first step to laying charges, relating to a probe into practices concerning a company called Pretory.

He is suspected of "organised money laundering, involvement in undeclared employment, and of being an accessory to passive corruption and influence peddling", the source said.

The French news magazine L'Express had carried a report to the same effect.

The judge is investigating contracts between Air France and Pretory for the supply of on-board security agents for flights going to the United States in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

The sales of Pretory increased sharply as a result of the contracts and the group had 600 employees at one point. In December 2003, it was placed under bankruptcy administration for liquidation of its assets.

Four people, including the former chief executive and founder of Pretory, Jacques Gaussens, have already been put under investigation.
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Canada Ends Probe of Air France Crash
1 August 2006

TORONTO (AP) - Investigators have concluded a report into the crash landing of an Air France jet in which all 309 people aboard survived and would present it to Canada's Transportation Safety Board, officials said Tuesday.

Flight 358 from Paris skidded off a runway at Toronto's international airport a year ago, landing in a ravine and bursting into flames.

Many of the 297 passengers have blamed the pilots for landing nearly halfway down the runway in dreadful weather and are suing the airline for negligence.

The investigators examined whether human error, mechanical failure or bad weather were to blame. The preliminary report must now go to top officials with the Transportation Board for review and won't be made public until all of them have signed off.

Christian Plouffe, a spokesman for the agency based in Gatineau, Quebec, said that process could take months.

Initial investigations indicated that all systems on the Airbus appeared to have functioned normally. Officials said the digital flight data recorders revealed no system troubles or malfunctions.

The initial findings released earlier indicated that the Airbus "landed long" or about 4,000 feet down the 9,000-foot runway.

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Air France KLM posts higher July passenger traffic

PARIS, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Air France KLM said on Monday its July passenger traffic rose 4.9 percent with the passenger load factor at 85.2 percent, a decline of 0.1 points.

The company enjoyed a further significant increase in yield in July because of a rise in average revenue per passenger in all segments. The cargo load factor improved by 0.5 points to 62.6 percent.

It said that for the Americas, passenger traffic grew by 2.3 percent on 3.3 percent higher capacity while the load factor remained at 90.4 percent.

Activity on the Asian routes remained buoyant with traffic rising 8.7 percent on 7.2 percent higher capacity and the load factor rising 1.2 points to 89.6 percent.

On the European network, the airline said activity was "particularly buoyant" with traffic up by 8.5 percent on 6.7 percent higher capacity.

The load factor rose 1.3 points to 77.5 percent.
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Spike in oil price prompts Air France to raise fuel surcharge again

PARIS, Aug 8, 2006 (AFP) - Air France will raise its fuel surcharge for the seventh time since 2004 because of the latest spike in oil prices, the company said Tuesday.

The increases, to take effect on Thursday, will be one euro (1.25 US dollars) each way for domestic flights, two euros for medium-haul flights and seven euros for long-haul routes, the company said in a statement.

The new surcharge on long-haul flights will be 58 euros, or a total of 116 euros for a round-trip to New York from Paris; it will be nine euros on domestic flights and 14 euros for medium-haul journeys.

The increase "will be scrapped as soon as the price of a barrel (of oil) returns to below 65 US dollars for 30 consecutive days," the statement said.

Air France's announcement came as oil prices pushed towards the 80 dollar-a-barrel mark after a pipeline leak forced British major BP to shut the biggest oil field in the United States and US authorities considered releasing strategic stockpiles.

Other airlines have also increased their fuel surcharges in recent days, including the Portuguese flag-carrier TAP and Malaysia Airlines.

The International Air Transport Association representing 265 companies said the aviation sector faces losses of around three billion dollars this year because of high oil prices.

Airlines will pay some 112 billion dollars for kerosene this year, compared with 91 billion dollars in 2005, according to IATA's estimates.
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KLM plane leaves runway after landing in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM, Aug 12, 2006 (AFP) - A plane belonging to the Dutch carrier KLM veered off the runway after landing Saturday at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, but there were no casualties, a spokesman for the airline said.

"The front wheel of the plane went off the runway. There were no casualties among the 190 passengers and seven crew members, spokesman Bart Koster said.

"The captain asked them to leave the plane by the steps and everything went off calmly," he said.

The Boeing 737, which had landed from London Heathrow, went off the runway after touching down in heavy rain. It was travelling at between 30 and 40 kilometres (18-24 miles) per hour at the time, the spokesman said.

An inquiry has been opened to determine the exact cause of the accident.
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Air France KLM profit up

PARIS/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Average fare yields pushed up Air France KLM profits sharply in the first quarter, prompting the Franco-Dutch airline group to strengthen its forecast for the rest of the year and sending up its shares.
The world's largest airline by revenues posted April-June current operating profit up 84 percent to 411 million euros ($527.6 million) from the same period a year ago.

Net profit more than doubled to 244 million euros from 112 million euros, the airline said on Thursday.

Its adjusted operating margin rose 2.7 points to 8.0 percent.

It strengthened its outlook for the rest of the year, predicting a "significant" increase in operating profit rather than the simple increase it had previously forecast.

Air France KLM shares rose 2.5 percent in a weaker market in early trading to 21.21 euros.

Analysts had on average forecast operating profit of 328 million euros and net profit of 182 million euros, according to Reuters Estimates.

"Where we initially feared that it would not be easy to forward fuel prices to customers, the company is succeeding in forwarding higher costs and is meanwhile benefiting from the improvement in the French economy and the cost savings from the merger with KLM," said Thijs Berkelder of Petercam in Amsterdam.

Air France and KLM, which operate separate fleets and networks under the umbrella of a common holding company, both raised fuel charges earlier this month after oil prices surged above $70 a barrel, though they have retreated somewhat.

Air France KLM had already reported an 11.9 percent rise in first quarter revenue to 5.802 billion euros, driven by all of its sectors, especially passenger business.

The yield -- revenue per passenger and kilometer flown, a key yardstick for airline profitability -- rose 4.5 percent, and the group has benefited from hedging a higher proportion of its fuel bill than its rivals British Airways and Lufthansa.

The airline group reported its quarterly results amid mounting speculation of a merger with struggling Italian airline Alitalia .

Shares in Italy's largest airline rose more than 2 percent on Wednesday and another 1.5 percent on Thursday on speculation that talks between French and Italian government leaders on Friday might help shore up the long-awaited deal.

The French government owns 18 percent of Air France-KLM.

Analysts have also been speculating on a merger to help ensure the long-term survival of Italy's flag carrier, which has seen its share of the domestic market fall from around 80 percent at the end of 1994 to just over half at the end of 2005.

Earlier this month, a French newspaper reported that France was considering approving the merger if Italy's Enel renounced any intention to bid for French utility Suez . The government denied the report.

The airline industry is recovering from a battering from soaring fuel prices, while competition makes it difficult for carriers to raise fares.

International airlines association IATA on Thursday slashed its 2006 loss estimate for the global airline industry to $1.7 billion from $3 billion, helped by cost-cutting efforts and higher revenues.

Director-General Giovanni Bisignani told Reuters in an interview he saw no sign of slowing demand after British police said they foiled a plot to blow up transatlantic flights, but said airports need to be better prepared for emergencies.
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Air France pilot's union calls strike for next week

PARIS, Aug 18, 2006 (AFP) - A minority of Air France pilots are to go on strike over two days at the beginning of next week, their union said Friday, but the airline said their action was unlikely to disrupt flight schedules.

The SNPNAC union said Friday the strike would take place between 6:00 am and 10:00 am (0400 and 0800 GMT) Monday and Tuesday to protest working conditions.

The union covers around five percent of Air France's pilots.

Pierre-Jean Loisiel, the head of the SNPNAC, said the dispute lay with a union-management agreement on working conditions signed in May by the much bigger SNPL union which he said fell short, particularly in terms of salaries.

He claimed 70 percent of Air France's pilots opposed the agreement.
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Air France-KLM to launch carrier in the low-cost sector

PARIS, Nov 17, 2006 (AFP) - Air France plans to compete with low-cost airlines in France via a subsidiary devoted to medium-haul tourism flights beginning next year, the French carrier's parent group said Friday.

Air France-KLM said the new airline would be 60 percent owned by Air France and 40 percent by Transavia, a Netherlands-based airline that is itself 100 percent owned by KLM.

The new subsidiary, the name of which is to be revealed next week, will be based at Paris's Orly Sud airport and launch operations in spring 2007.

According to the financial daily La Tribune, the new airline might be called "Air France Soleil" (Air France Sun).

It will offer low-cost flights to popular French tourist destinations such as Morocco, Tunisia and Spain, serving routes not covered by Air France, the French-Dutch carrier said.

The project was the result of "growth in the leisure market" and "demand from professionals in the French tourism sector", it added.

Sector analyst Penny Butcher at Morgan Stanley said Air France-KLM sought to compete with carriers such as Ryanair and easyJet on flights to popular sunspots, noting that Ryanair was very interested in providing service to Morocco.

Air France-KLM said the new subsidiary would use a fleet of Boeing 737-800s with a capacity of 186 passengers and added that Transavia would also start to offer flights from Orly.

The low-cost Transavia carrier currently operates a combination of scheduled and charter flights, mainly from the Netherlands.

It posted net profit of 32 million euros in the 2005-2006 fiscal year on sales of 468 million euros.

The project for the new carrier will be submitted to the Air France board on Wednesday, a day before the group's quarterly results are released.

German rival Lufthansa is already present in the budget sector with its Germanwings subsidiary that offers low-cost flights and charter carrier Condor.
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Air France-KLM Low-Cost Airline Eyes EUR300M Rev By '09
27 November 2006

PARIS (Dow Jones)--A plan for a new low-cost airline being created by Air France-KLM (AKH) is based on the assumption that it will have revenue of up to EUR300 million by 2009, executives of Transavia.com said Monday.

The airline will start operations to nine mainly North African destinations in June 2007 using four leased Boeing 737-800 aircraft, Christian Boireau, Senior Vice President for commercial operations at Air France told a press conference.

The airline will be called Transavia.com, the same name used by KLM's wholly-owned low-cost subsidiary, to avoid confusion, Boireau said.

Air France-KLM has decided to launch the venture to take advantage of a fast-growing market for leisure tourism. Most of the seats will be sold through tour operators, and the remainder will be offered for sale over the internet.

Air France will have a 60% controlling interest in the new French unit, and Transavia will control 40% of the new airline, which will be capitalized at EUR22 million.

The new entity will be registered in France, operate using French flight crews and will have its base at Orly airport south of Paris..

Air France-KLM, the world's largest airline by revenue, has said it expects the new airline to break even in two years' time.

The French Transavia.com will have a headcount of 400 by 2009, but more than 2,000 jobs will be created at suppliers and other vendors, Boireau said.

Boireau will chair the new airline's supervisory board while retaining his present functions at Air France. Lionel Guerin, currently chairman and CEO of French regional airline Airliner, will head the airline's management board.

The French tourist charter market is currently about eight million passengers a year, representing 12% of the European market. The French market is less than one-quarter the 35 million British passengers who take charter flights, however.

By the winter of 2007/2008, Transavia.com could be serving up to 15 destinations, chiefly in Morocco, Tunisia, Spain, Italy and Egypt.

Transavia will generally avoid flying to destinations already operated by Air France, although an exception will be Marrakesh in Morocco, where tourist traffic is booming and where Transavia expects to be flying at least two flights daily.

There are no plans to operate low-cost flights to French cities, Boireau said, although flights could leave from French provisional cities if there is sufficient demand from local tour operators.

Ticket prices will be around EUR50, and could offer much cheaper fares in special promotional offers.

The new Transavia.com's management will be completely separate from Air France, Boireau said, and will achieve low operating costs thanks to reduced overheads, synergies with the Dutch Transavia.com, and heavy reliance on outsourcing.

France's CGT labor union has criticized the new venture, calling it a "retrograde" move from a labor point of view.
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Air France-KLM to use A380 superjumbo on Paris-Tokyo route

TOKYO, Nov 29, 2006 (AFP) - Air France-KLM said Wednesday it plans to use one of its first Airbus A380 superjumbos on the Paris to Tokyo route from 2009 to boost flight capacity to Japan's congested Narita airport.

"This decision was taken because of the impossibility of easily increasing the number of flights to Tokyo due to a lack of landing slots at Narita," said Patrick Alexandre, Air France vice president, international commercial affairs.

Air France/KLM currently has 51 weekly flights from the Japanese cities of Tokyo, western Osaka and central Nagoya to Paris and Amsterdam and "the planes are full", Alexandre told reporters here.

Neither Japan Airlines (JAL) nor All Nippon Airways (ANA) has expressed any interest in the double-decker A380, which can carry 853 passengers.

The carriers, Asia's largest, have increasingly bought smaller planes for shorter flights, particularly to their growing market China.
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Thursday November 30, 7:20 PM
Iberia open to alliance with Air France-KLM

MADRID (AFP) - The Spanish airline Iberia, currently tied up with British Airways, says it would also consider an alliance with Air France-KLM or Lufthansa of Germany.

"We don't consider ourselves bound hand and foot to British Airways," Iberia's financial services chief, Enrique Dupuy de Lome, said in an interview published by the newspaper Expansion.

"We work with British Airways but we do not rule out moving closer to other airline groups.

"There are complementarities with Air France and Lufthansa. Iberia is a leader on a market that could be advantageous" to British Airways, Air France-KLM and Lufthansa.

In Paris, the price of shares in Air France-KLM shot up 2.93 percent to 30.58 euros following reports of the comments.

Iberia, in which British Airways holds a 10 percent stake, was privatized in 2001 and is the leading carrier linking Europe and Latin America, controlling 18.7 percent of the market.

Shares in Air France-KLM had been under pressure recently on news that the airline had begun talks with Italian airline Alitalia on a possible alliance. Alitalia is in financial difficulties and Air France-KLM has always said that any alliance with it would be conditional on restructuring.

Lufthansa declined to comment Thursday on a possible tie-up with Iberia.

"This is speculation about which we're not commenting," said a Lufthansa spokeswoman.

"We welcome sector-wide consolidation in general and we want to play an active role in that consolidation," she said.

But there were no concrete tie-up projects at present, she added.
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did someone flew with Air France from Paris to HongKong?
how is the entertaiment on this flight? do they have seat back TVs

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Yes,they have PTV on their B777 which are used on this route.
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Air France-KLM 3Q profit triples on strong traffic growth
14 February 2007

PARIS (AP) - Dynamic passenger traffic helped Air France-KLM triple its net profit in its third quarter despite a rising fuel bill, the world's largest airline by revenue said Wednesday. It also reaffirmed its outlook for the fiscal year ending March 31.

Air France-KLM reported net profit of 229 million euros ($298 million) for the October-December period, up from 77 million euros a year earlier and well above the 140 million euros ($182 million) expected by analysts.

Operating profit rose 32.6 percent to 252 million euros ($328 million) in the third quarter, in line with the average analyst forecast of 253 million euros on a 5.9 percent rise in revenue to 5.75 billion euros ($7.49 billion).

In a statement, Air France-KLM said it expected to break even in the fourth quarter, assuming a fuel bill for the January-March period of 1.02 billion euros ($1.33 billion).

That would leave the airline's net profit for the year at the 847 million euros ($1.1 billion) reported for the first nine months of the year, and operating profit above the 1.23 billion euros ($1.6 billion) posted for the same period.

Previously Air France-KLM had forecast a "significant rise" in operating profit this year, compared with the 936 million euros ($1.22 billion) it reported last year. The company is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter earnings May 24.

Air France-KLM shares fell 0.17 euro to close at 34.97 euros ($45.42) in Paris.
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Air France phases Boeing 737 model out of fleet

PARIS, June 11 (Reuters) - French airline Air France said on Monday the last Boeing 737 in its fleet had made its last flight. In the late 1990s, Air France operated 50 of the single-aisle passenger jets on its European and North African network. It took the decision to phase out the plane four years ago, a spokesman said.

The Boeing 737s have been replaced by Airbuses of the A320 family. Air France operated 145 Airbus A318, A319, A320 and A321 aircraft as of March 31, the spokesman said.

Airbus recently announced an order for 30 more aircraft of the A320 family. At the same time it said it would buy 18 wide-body 777s from Boeing.
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Workers urge Air France chiefs to stop expelling immigrants
12 July 2007

PARIS (AP) - Airline unions urged Air France on Thursday to stop transporting expelled illegal immigrants on its flights, saying the practice upsets flight attendants and passengers and may hurt business at France's flagship carrier.

Workers for five unions were presenting their demands at the Air France-KLM annual shareholders' meeting in Paris.

For years unions have urged the airline to halt the transportation of expelled immigrants, but the demand attracted extra attention this year because of President Nicolas Sarkozy's determination to step up expulsions as part of his tougher policies on immigration.

Every year, thousands of illegal immigrants are put aboard Air France flights and sent to their homelands, sometimes handcuffed and escorted by police. On occasions, they resist and must be forcibly restrained.

Air France unions CGT, CFDT, SUD, ALTER and SPAF voted Tuesday to ask the company to refuse to transport expelled immigrants.

In response, the company said in a statement Wednesday that it had no plans to reconsider expulsions "executed by the Interior Ministry on the basis of administrative or judicial decisions."

Still, the company noted that crew can refuse to allow a passenger aboard who is "believed to pose a threat to the safety of the flight."

In the first five months of 2007, 6,000 illegal immigrants were expelled by air, 2,200 of them under police escort, according to the newly created Ministry of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Co-development.

Gilles Nicoli, general secretary of CFDT-Air France, said airplane staff are suffering "more and more trauma from the violence that people sent across the border are subjected to."

"This has a negative image for the company," Nicoli said on France-Info radio.

Sarkozy has said he wants to expel 25,000 illegal immigrants this year, up from 24,000 in 2006. Sarkozy toughened immigration rules as interior minister before he became president this spring.
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Air France-KLM orders 20 regional jets from Brazilian planemaker Embraer
3 August 2007

PARIS (AP) - Two regional subsidiaries of the Air France-KLM Group said Friday that they had ordered 20 regional jets, with an option for an additional 18 aircraft, from Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer.

The French-Dutch airline declined to disclose the value of the deal -- the first joint order placed by the airline's regional units, the French carrier Regional and Holland's KLM Cityhopper.

Air France-KLM said the orders are for Embraer's E170 and E190 short-to-medium haul aircraft. Regional will take six E170s and four E190s, while KLM Cityhopper is taking 10 E190s.

"This first joint order placed by the two regional carriers will lead to substantial synergies both in the purchasing of aircraft, engines and spare parts, and in fleet management, operational maintenance and crew training," Air France-KLM said.

Deliveries will take place between 2008 and 2011.

The company said the new Embraer aircraft will help Regional improve its fleet significantly. Regional already operates three E190s and has three others on back order, besides those mentioned Friday.

The aircraft ordered by KLM Cityhopper gradually will replace aging Fokker 100s, the company added. The order marks the start of a fleet renewal and upgrade program for the Dutch regional carrier.
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Air France-KLM shares slump 6.0 percent after results

PARIS, Aug 9, 2007 (AFP) - Shares in Air France-KLM, the biggest European airline, fell more than 6.0 percent on Thursday after the group's first-quarter results disappointed investors.

The company said first-quarter net earnings rose 70.1 percent over 12 months to 415 million euros (571 million dollars), but operating profit rose by a modest 1.0 percent to 415 million euros.

The group also said it would be "attentive" to developments regarding loss-making Italian rival Alitalia and is open to contacts with the Italian carrier.

Air France-KLM said it did not have any more details about the planned sale of the group following the Italian government's decision to scrap an privatisation process.

"We remain attentive and if we are contacted we will listen," the company said in reference to press reports that Alitalia's new chairman is planning to meet potential buyers, including Air France-KLM.

Shares in the group closed down 6.26 percent on the Paris stock exchange at 30.20 euros.

A Paris-based dealer contended that the results and outlook for the company were broadly positive, arguing that the slide in the share price was more about profit-taking on a share that had risen strongly over the past year.

Group sales in the first quarter were 5.9 billion euros, up 2.5 percent.

Air France-KLM's existing full-year outlook was for a further rise in operating income and a return on capital employed of 7 percent.
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