ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- 3M (NYSE: MMM) today reported sales information for the month of November 2020.
Total sales for November increased 8 percent year-on-year to $2.9 billion. Organic local-currency sales (which include organic volume impacts and selling price changes) increased 7 percent, while divestitures decreased sales by 1 percent. Foreign currency translation increased sales by 2 percent year-on-year.
Total sales increased 16 percent in both Safety and Industrial, and Consumer, while Health Care grew 5 percent, and Transportation and Electronics increased 3 percent. Organic local-currency sales increased 15 percent in Consumer, 14 percent in Safety and Industrial, 7 percent in Health Care, and 1 percent in Transportation and Electronics.
On a geographic basis, total sales increased 10 percent in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), 9 percent in the Americas, and 5 percent in Asia Pacific. Organic local-currency sales increased 11 percent in the Americas (the U.S. increased 13 percent), 7 percent in EMEA, and were flat in Asia Pacific (China increased 13 percent, and Japan decreased 5 percent).
Through November, 3M has delivered fourth-quarter to-date total sales of $5.7 billion. Although significant macroeconomic uncertainty remains, with one month left in the quarter the company estimates its sales to be in the range of $8.2 to $8.4 billion for the fourth quarter.
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