July 21, 2017 / 6:09 AM / 8 months ago

BRIEF-Forest products group SCA H1 core profit matches expectations

July 21 (Reuters) - Svenska Cellulosa Sca Ab

* Sca ab h1 net sales increased 7% to sek 8,191m

* Sca ab h1 adjusted ebitda increased 2% to sek 1,634m

* Sca ab h1 operating profit amounted to sek 949m

* Reuters poll: sca jan-june adjusted ebitda seen at sek 1.6 ebit seen at sek 1.0 billion, sales at sek 8.0 billion

* Sca ab says general market conditions for forest industry products are relatively strong with high demand in china, north america and europe

* Sca ab says exception is publication papers, which have been adversely impacted by a continued structural decline

* Sca ab says end september/early october 2017 there will be maintenance stops at the kraftliner mill in obbola (paper). In the fourth quarter, there will be a maintenance stop at östrand (pulp) Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Reporting By Anna Ringstrom)

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