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The Brand Group Core delivered robust financial results in the first quarter of 2024. With stable vehicle sales and slightly lower sales revenue, the Brand Group Core reported a significant year-on-year increase in operating profit and operating return. At 6.4%, operating return was well within the target corridor of 6-7% for 2024. All brands contributed to this achievement, reporting higher returns on the basis of focused cost management as well as increased implementation of synergy and efficiency measures within the Brand Group. The financial performance in the first quarter felt the impact of offsetting effects – these included, for example, the abrupt termination of government incentives for electric cars in the German market and the related discount measures at the beginning of the year. Furthermore, there was high depreciation attributable to investments in product campaigns and the related ramp-up of electric products.
The Brand Group Core was, however, able to counteract these effects in the first quarter of 2024 with a balanced product mix. The slight dip in demand for all-electric vehicles (BEV) was offset by higher deliveries of ICE models. Overall, stable Q1 unit sales figures at Brand Group level reflect these effects.

Brand Group Core increases operating profit in Q1 2024 despite challenging market environment
Significant increase in Brand Group profit and return on the back of robust vehicle sales and sales revenue.

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Communications Brand Group Core
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