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  • Flat organic sales growth
  • Organic sales growth driven by emerging markets
  • Earnings and profitability negatively impacted both by increased investments in brands, technologies, innovations and digitalization announced at the start of 2019, and by declining volumes
  • Strong expansion of free cash flow

In million euros

20182019+/-

Sales

19,899

20,114

 1.1 %

Adjusted1 operating profit (EBIT)

3,496

3,220

-7.9 %

Adjusted1 return on sales (EBIT) in %

17.6

16.0

-1.6 pp

Adjusted1 earnings per preferred share in euros

6.01

5.43

-9.7 %

Dividend per preferred share in euros

1.85

1.852

0.0 %

pp = percentage points
1 Adjusted for one-time charges/gains and restructuring charges.
2 Proposal to shareholders for the Annual General Meeting 2020.

Sales and EBIT development

Sales 2019