Net order intake per market, thousands

Order intake continued to improve

Net order intake continued to increase. During the fourth quarter order intake rose by 22% when compared with the third quarter of 2010 and by 63% compared to the fourth quarter of 2009. Most notably order intake improved in Europe where orders rose by 34% in comparison to the third quarter of 2010, and compared to the fourth quarter of 2009 net orders increased by 79%.

In North America, net order intake improved by 11% compared with the third quarter of 2010 and by more than 100% compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.

In Asia, orders increased by 12% compared to the third quarter of 2010 and by 43% when compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.

Order intake in South America increased by 21% compared with the third quarter 2010. Compared to the fourth quarter a year ago net orders increased by 32%.