CLEVELAND, Sep 4, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH) today reported orders for the month of August in the company's industrial and aerospace segments. Orders for the North American Industrial businesses were unchanged from the same month last year, while Rest-of-World Industrial orders declined five percent. In the Climate and Industrial Controls business (CIC), order rates were 19 percent lower, and orders at Parker Aerospace were 15 percent higher than last year.
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In the North American Industrial units, most major markets remain unchanged, while the company recorded another month's increase in oil and gas. Mining and machine-tool orders were up slightly, while construction demand was mixed. Slow demand in Europe affected international industrial orders, although order trends in Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region remained positive.
The decline in CIC orders was in line with expectations, reflecting lower automotive-build rates. Aerospace orders included a moderate increase in military MRO demand for post-war restocking.
Orders provide near-term perspective on the company's outlook, but are not in themselves an indication of future performance. All comparisons are at constant currency exchange rates, with the prior year restated to the current- year rates. All exclude acquisitions until they can be reflected in both the numerator and denominator. Aerospace comparisons are rolling 12-month average computations to mitigate volatility within monthly figures.
Comparative data on current and historical orders is available on the company's investor information web site, www.phstock.com . To access the information, click on the "Monthly Orders" link. Parker's investor web site also offers registration for investors to receive automatic e-mail notification of all upcoming news, events and information from the company.
With annual sales exceeding $6 billion, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs more than 46,000 people in 44 countries around the world. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.parker.com , or its investor information site at www.phstock.com .
Forward-looking statements contained in this and other written and oral reports are made based on known events and circumstances at the time of release, and as such, are subject in the future to unforeseen uncertainties and risks. All statements regarding future performance, earnings projections, events or developments are forward-looking statements. It is possible that the future performance and earnings projections of the company and individual segments may differ materially from current expectations, depending on economic conditions within both its industrial and aerospace markets, and the company's ability to achieve anticipated benefits associated with announced realignment activities, strategic initiatives to improve operating margins, and growth initiatives. A change in economic conditions in individual markets may have a particularly volatile effect on segment projections. Among the other factors which may affect future performance are: changes in business relationships with and purchases by or from major customers or suppliers, including delays or cancellations in shipments; uncertainties surrounding timing, successful completion or integration of acquisitions; threats associated with and efforts to combat terrorism; competitive market conditions and resulting effects on sales and pricing; increases in raw-material costs that cannot be recovered in product pricing; and global economic factors, including currency exchange rates, difficulties entering new markets and general economic conditions such as interest rates. The company makes these statements as of the date of this disclosure, and undertakes no obligation to update them.
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