The 11% increase encompasses an 11% increase for the U.S., a 9.8% increase for Europe and a decrease of 5.6% for Asia. Latin America increased 76.2%. The U.S. remains the group's biggest market, accounting for 31.5% of total billings.
The consolidated net profit after extraordinary items and before amortization of goodwill, is approximately $69 million, an increase of 50% compared to 1997.
Copyright February 1999, Crain Communications Inc.