The technology company The Linde Group once again saw profitable growth in the 2011 financial year, achieving its best ever figures for Group sales and Group operating profit. In the 2011 financial year, Group sales rose 7.1% to EUR 13.787 bn (2010: EUR 12.868 bn). After adjusting for exchange rate effects, the increase was 7.6%. The Group operating profit grew by 9.7% to EUR 3.210 bn (2010: EUR 2.925 bn). The Group operating margin in the 2011 financial year increased by 60 basis points to 23.3% (2010: 22.7%). Available material includes general views of the Linde headquarters as well as products and processes.