Trading days per quarter

Seasonal variations

Ahlsell’s sales are affected by seasonal variations to a certain extent. Sales are strongest in the second and fourth quarters. Sales are affected by the number of trading days in a quarter. The quarter in which Easter falls (Q1 or Q2) will have lower sales. The Easter effect means that Ahlsell’s sales are lower on the trading days during Easter week. Sales are adversely affected as there is a decline in market activity on these days. The Easter effect varies in severity from country to country, and is strongest in Norway and weakest in Finland. In both Q2 2017 and in Q1 2018, Ahlsell estimated that the Easter effect represented the loss of about one trading day for the Group.

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4   H1 H2   Year
2016                  
Sweden 61 62 66 64   123 130   253
Norway 61 62 66 64   123 130   253
Finland 61 63 66 63   124 129   253
Denmark 61 61 66 64   122 130   252
                   
2017                  
Sweden 64 59 65 63   123 128   251
Norway 65 58 65 63   123 128   251
Finland 64 60 65 62   124 127   251
Denmark 65 58 65 63   123 128   251
                   
2018*                  
Sweden 63 60 65 62   123 127   250
Norway 62 60 65 62   122 127   249
Finland 63 61 65 62   124 127   251
Denmark 62 59 65 62   121 127   248
                   
2019*                  
Sweden        63           59           66           62           122         128           250   
Norway        63           58           66           62           121         128           249   
Finland        63           60           66           62           123         128           251   
Denmark        63           57           66           62           120         128           248   
                   
2020*                  
Sweden        63           60           66           63           123         129           252   
Norway        64           59           66           63           123         129           252   
Finland        63           60           66           64           123         130           253   
Denmark        64           57           66           63           121         129           250   
                   
2021*                  
Sweden        62           61           66           64           123         130           253   
Norway        63           59           66           64           122         130           252   
Finland        62           61           66           64           123         130           253   
Denmark        63           58           66           64           121         130           251   
                   
 * Preliminary numbers