During the second quarter, Sonae witnessed significant achievements regarding the strategy implementation for its businesses. We continued to grow in retail and telecommunications segments, completed targeted acquisitions in Salsa and in the technology area, proceeded with the recycling capital strategy and reinforced investment in new shopping centres.
In operational terms, results are globally positive, although reflecting distinct realities in the different businesses. NOS and Sonae Sierra reported another good quarter, as well as Sonae MC, which ensured the strengthening of its market leadership, while consolidating its position as the player with the lowest prices, within benchmark levels of profitability.
Worten also increased its profitability and maintained a good turnover performance, in a seasonal weaker quarter in comparison with the previous year, due to the Easter effect.
Despite the high levels of investment recorded this semester, debt continued to decline year on year, leading to the maintenance of an adequate level of financial strength, which coupled with the increasing quality of our teams, allow us to face with optimism the challenges that our strategic ambition brings.
Co-CEO da Sonae