Ricoh’s sales in the first nine months of the fiscal year rose by 19.8% to ¥1,528.6 billion ($A16.75bn) and gross profit increased by 16.7% pcp to ¥538.8 billion ($A5.9bn). The company’s Graphic Communications business, which includes Commercial and Industrial Printing, recorded a sales increase of 25% (9.8% excluding foreign currency exchange fluctuations).
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“The world economy resumed its economic activities compared to the previous corresponding period, when had been greatly affected by the expansion of COVID-19 infection,” Ricoh said.
“During this period, the number of people infected with COVID-19 reached a record high in Japan. Despite decreasing numbers of COVID-19 infected individuals increasing each year since then, economic activity is resuming because of the lifting of restrictions.
“On the other hand, prices have been rising due to higher raw material prices and the depreciation of the yen. Prices and wages in the United States have increased and the monetary authorities tightened their policies to reduce inflation. GDP temporarily fell, but has since recovered.
“In Europe due to the prolonged Russia/Ukraine crisis and the deterioration on relations with Russia, price rises have spread to many items because of the soaring food and energy prices. This is having an obvious impact on the economy.
“In other regions, China’s lockdown caused by the zero-COVID policy has brought a halt to economic activity, and the subsequent rapid expansion of COVID-19 due to the lifting of the zero-COVID policy has affected the economy and society.”
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Graphic Communications [includes commercial printing and industrial printing]
Graphic Communications sales were ¥169.5 billion and increased by 25.1% (an increase of 9.8% excluding foreign currency exchange fluctuations) as compared to the previous corresponding period. The recovery in Europe and Americas led to an increase in sales for commercial printing.
Despite the material shortages’ impact, the sales of production printers rose as we tried to increase production volumes and procure alternative components from market. The sales of non-hardware recovered and almost returned to pre-COVID-19.
The industrial printing industry [includes wide format printers, inkjet printheads and DTG printers]Despite the lockdown in China’s mainstay market, sales rose.
Although profits in the commercial printing industry were reduced by higher costs due to the purchase of alternative components on the market, there was still profit from improvements in production, development, and service activities as well as the appreciation of the yen.
As a result, Graphic Communications operating profit was ¥10.0 billion and increased by ¥8.1 billion as compared to the previous corresponding period.
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