In the first two months of the third quarter 2008 Adecco experienced a revenue decline of 3% when excluding the impact of trading days, currency and acquisitions, inline with the decline rate of the second quarter of 2008.
For the remainder of the year, Adecco anticipates continued weak markets in the USA & Canada, while in Europe and in Japan a further market deceleration is anticipated. Given weaker demand, due to the softening economic environment, the focus on aligning the cost base with revenue developments is at the forefront of management's priorities. The company remains fully committed to reach an EBITA margin in excess of 5.0% in 2009. With further weakening of the economic environment this target becomes increasingly ambitious.
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Adecco S.A. is a Fortune Global 500 company and the global leader in HR services. The Adecco Group network connects over 700,000 associates with clients each day through its network of over 36,500 employees (FTEs) and over 6,700 offices in over 60 countries andterritories around the world. Registered in Switzerland, and managed by a multinational team with expertise in markets spanning the globe, the Adecco Group delivers an unparalleled range of flexible staffing and career resources to clients and associates.
Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange with trading on SWX Europe (SWX: ADEN) and the Euronext Paris (EURONEXT: ADE).