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We are moving ahead with the implementation of our performance improvement program which should bring clear benefits in 2012 and beyond, supporting our margins. The major uncertainty remains the economic environment. Our concerns are focused on the risk of recession in Europe, delayed recovery of the US property market and the potential for a slowdown in Asia. Each of these can have a significant impact on our customers in these regions, that would in turn impact our sales volumes.

AkzoNobel has a strong portfolio of complementary businesses, with many leading market positions and exposure to growth markets. This, combined with our ongoing management actions, means that we are confident that we can deliver medium-term growth in line with our strategic ambitions.

We will be providing an update on strategy around the publication of our Q3 results.

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