Australia: Boral benefits from higher sales prices

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Updated Fri, 06 Nov 2015 13:38:52 GMT

Australia: Boral chief executive Mike Kane has said that higher product prices are playing a part in the strong performance of its key businesses so far in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. He noted that cement prices were up in New South Wales and southeast Queensland but steady elsewhere.

"Based on the first quarter results, we are seeing an improvement in year-on-year results. The business is consistent with our expectations this year," Kane told shareholders at Boral's AGM. "Price is playing a role in our performance, as well as cost management. On average, we think prices will move up, but we will have more clarity on that as we get through the half year."

The company has experienced lower demand from roads, engineering and major infrastructure projects so far in the 2015 – 2016 fiscal year, but has responded by reducing costs and pushing through a number of surplus property sales.