|Financial performance indicators||Current outlook||Previous outlook²|
|Group sales||higher sales||-|
|Gross profit³||stable gross profit||-|
|Gross profit margin³||substantial decrease||-|
|Operating result (EBITDA)³||at least slightly above previous
|EBITDA³ margin||slight decrease||-|
|Group net income||significantly positive||-|
|Net working capital³||significant increase||-|
¹ Information is taken from the Annual Report 2017, the Q3 2018 interim statement, the Q2 2018 interim report, the analysts' and investors' presentation Full Year 2017, Q3 2018 and Q2 2018 and should therefore be seen in the context of further comments in the respective reports.
² If nothing is presented in this column, the previous outlook remains unchanged.
³ Definitions can be found in the Annual Report 2017 or in the glossary of key figures.
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