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Wednesday 14 August, 2002

Thales

H1 2002 sales

Thales
14 August 2002

                                                           Paris, 14 August 2002



                         Thales H1 2002 sales rise 15 %  
                                to EUR 5 billion



Thales group revenues totalled EUR 4,981 million in H1 2002, an increase of 15%
compared to H1 2001 (EUR 4,331 million). Revenues grew by 9.5 % on a
like-for-like basis, in line with the trend observed in Q1 sales.

The three business areas contributed to consolidated sales as follows:


               1st Half                            2002                 2001          Total             Organic
                                                       in €m           in €m         Change              Change

Defence                                        58 %    2,909            2,251        + 29 %              + 21 %
Aerospace                                      16 %      814              815           0 %               - 7 %
Information Technologies & Services            25 %    1,224            1,224           0 %               - 1 %
Others                                          1 %       34               41

Total                                         100 %    4,981            4,331        + 15 %             + 9.5 %




The sharp growth in H1 Defence sales, 21% on a like-for-like basis, follows
several years of increasing new orders. It also reflects the long term contract
schedules (according to percentage of completion). The fastest growing sectors
were airborne systems, air defence and naval systems.

In Aerospace, the sustained level of activity in Q2, particularly in the
simulation and training sector, contributed to offset the decline in Q1 sales.
Total revenues to 30th June 2002 were stable compared to H1 2001, decreasing
only by 7% on a like-for-like basis. This latter decrease applies mainly to
commercial avionics, as a result of the current civil aerospace downturn.
However, military sales remained stable compared to H1 2001.

IT&S sales were at the same level as in H1 2001. The fastest growing sectors
were positioning, secure transaction activities and Thales IS activities. Sales
of telecom-related activities were down, still affected by deteriorating market
conditions.

Revenue growth attributable to first-time consolidations is due, in Defence, to
the full consolidation of ADI (previously consolidated at 50%), Thales
Underwater Systems (Thales acquired the 49% previously held by BAE Systems); in
Aerospace, the full consolidation of Thales ATM, the air traffic management
subsidiary (following the acquisition of the remaining 33.3%); in IT & S, the
consolidation of Thales Navigation Inc. (acquired in July 2001 under the name of
Magellan). Thales Instruments, divested in November 2001, was consolidated until
October 31, 2001.





With these changes, sales by region compared to H1 2001 are as follows:


1st Half                                            2002                     2001                       Total
                                                          in €m                    in €m               Change

France                                         24 %       1,207         25 %        1,072               + 13 %
United Kingdom                                 15 %         745         16 %          707                + 5 %
Other European countries                       19 %         916         20 %          746                + 8 %
Total Europe                                   58 %       2,868         61 %        2,625                + 9 %
Asia & Pacific                                 14 %         696         12 %          498               + 40 %
North America                                  11 %         564         12 %          540                + 4 %
Near and Middle East                           11 %         568         11 %          473               + 20 %
Others                                          6 %         285          4 %          195               + 46 %

Total                                         100 %       4,981        100 %        4,331               + 15 %





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Tel : +33 (0) 1 53 77 86 26






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