Swedish state forester Sveaskog saw a 24% growth in operating profits to SKr924m during 2009 (2008: SKr744m).

Sveaskog said this was achieved despite a 17% net sales decrease equivalent to SKr1.2bn.

A sharp reduction in operating expenses through an efficiency improvement programme was the principal reason for the improved earnings. Operating profits were also positively impacted by a changed product mix, with an increased proportion of sawlogs.

Annual sales amounted to SKr6bn (2008: SKr7.2bn), with a higher proportion of sawlogs sales from its own forests making positive contributions. Good demand for sawlogs was reported in the fourth quarter.