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Feb 15, 2015

Swedish Mohammad cartoonist did not expect Muslim backlash

STOCKHOLM, Feb 15 (Reuters) – When Swedish artist Lars Vilks
drew the Prophet Mohammad as a dog in 2007, the cartoon – which
earned him death threats from radical Islamists and may have
triggered a weekend attack in Copenhagen – was not intended to
provoke Muslims.

Its aim was to challenge political correctness in the art
world, he said after the sketch sparked an uproar in the Islamic
world, and he had been naive to think its effect would be

Feb 5, 2015

Volvo hikes trucks outlook after construction slide stymies Q4 profit

STOCKHOLM, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Truck maker Volvo
raised its outlook for truck markets on both sides of the North
Atlantic on Thursday, after an expected fourth-quarter rise in
core earnings fizzled in the face of weak demand for
construction equipment.

The group, locked in battle with Daimler and
Volkswagen’s truck brands for market leadership, is
facing strong U.S. demand for trucks but also a deep downturn
for its construction gear arm in a slowing China.

Jan 28, 2015

New SKF boss makes mark with move to cut 1,500 jobs

STOCKHOLM, Jan 28 (Reuters) – SKF, the world’s
biggest bearings maker, is to cut about 1,500 staff as its new
boss, only weeks into his job, takes action to rein in costs
across the Swedish company, sending its shares up nearly 4

SKF, whose bearings are found in products ranging from
skateboards to wind turbines, said on Wednesday the brunt of the
staff cuts would be carried out this year and yield 1.2 billion
crowns of savings by the end of next year.

Jan 28, 2015

Electrolux shares hit record after profit beat and upbeat outlook

STOCKHOLM, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Home appliances maker
Electrolux AB has raised its growth forecast for
European markets this year after cost cuts powered it to a
bigger than expected rise in quarterly earnings, sending its
shares to a record high.

The Sweden-based group, which makes fridges and dish washers
under brands such as AEG and Zanussi as well as its own name,
saw cost cuts in 2014 from years of plant closures kick in to
fortify earnings amid tepid demand outside a firmly expanding
U.S. market.

Dec 4, 2014

Swedish far-right makes big gamble to shed pariah status

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden’s far-right is gambling its political future in pitching the country into snap elections, calculating disaffection with established parties and fears over immigration can further its meteoric rise from a pariah-like obscurity to mainstream power.

But voters may yet punish the Sweden Democrats, who want to cut asylum seekers by 90 percent, for tipping the balance in a vote over the budget on Wednesday and forcing a Social Democrat-Green coalition to call polls after only 2 months. Turmoil is an alien spectacle in Swedish political culture.

Dec 3, 2014

Swedish PM calls first snap vote in 50 years after far-right force budget defeat

STOCKHOLM, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Sweden called its first snap
election for more than half a century in March after a far-right
party helped defeat the centre-left minority government’s first
budget in parliament on Wednesday.

Formed after a fractured September election that handed the
anti-immigration Sweden Democrats the balance of power, Prime
Minister Stefan Lofven’s Social Democrat-Green coalition has
been widely viewed as Sweden’s weakest government in decades.

Nov 23, 2014

Sweden’s Wallenberg dynasty prepares for sixth generation

STOCKHOLM, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Jacob Wallenberg, the
58-year-old head of one of Europe’s most enduring family
dynasties, is trying to work out how the empire controlling much
of Sweden’s economy could look with a woman or someone without
the family name at the helm.

Roughly 30 members of the sixth generation, aged between 15
and 30, are contenders to see if they could one day run
Wallenberg’s Investor holding company and several foundations
with major stakes in Electrolux, Atlas Copco and Ericsson.

Nov 20, 2014

Electrolux sees resurgent U.S. boosting demand in 2015

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina/STOCKHOLM, Nov 20 (Reuters) -
S weden’s Electrolux said on Thursday it expected a
resurgent U.S. economy and cheaper raw materials to slightly
boost global demand for home appliances next year.

Electrolux, vying for market leadership with U.S. rival
Whirlpool Corp and China’s Haier Electronics Group Co
Ltd, also estimated savings of 1 billion Swedish
crowns ($135 million) in 2015 from its latest round of cost
cuts, including layoffs and plant closures.

Nov 19, 2014

Atlas Copco stands by outlook for slightly higher demand

/STOCKHOLM, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Compressor and
machinery maker Atlas Copco affirmed its outlook for
slightly higher demand in the near term on Wednesday and said it
stood ready to adapt its business wherever needed to shifts in
market activity.

The Swedish company, which held a capital markets day for
investors on Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a tour
of its plant in Rock Hill, South Carolina, usually defines “near
term” as the current quarter.

Nov 19, 2014

Volvo Cars plots U.S. resurgence with model overhaul

STOCKHOLM, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Chinese-owned Volvo Car Group
said on Wednesday a sweeping overhaul of its model range over
the next five years would propel its long-suffering sales
volumes in the United States back above 100,000 cars per year.

Strong growth in China and more modest gains in Europe have
helped Volvo grow sales for 16 straight months. However,
turnover in the United States, once its biggest market but now
eclipsed by China, has been eroding over the past decade.