Compared with the forecasts made in the 2018 group management report, there has been a deterioration in the sectoral economic conditions. The macroeconomic indicators for industrial output and manufacturing are also on a downward trend in comparison with expectations at the turn of the year.
Sectoral conditions remain disparate for the two operating segments. Further rapid growth in the e-commerce market is sustaining the positive trend that had been anticipated for warehouse systems. Unit sales of industrial trucks were weak in the first nine months of the year, so in the absence of a marked change in the prevailing global economic conditions, it currently appears unlikely that the original expectation of a growth rate close to the long-term trend of around 4 per cent will be achieved for the year as a whole. Nevertheless, the overall market for industrial trucks and warehouse systems is likely to expand again in 2019, as originally forecasted.
Despite the current market slowdown in the Industrial Trucks & Services segment, the KION Group is adhering to the outlook for the year as a whole that was published in the 2018 combined management report and believes it will continue along its path of profitable growth in 2019 while further improving its market position. Following rises in the first three quarters of 2019, both revenue and adjusted EBIT are expected to increase over the year as a whole.
The order intake of the KION Group is still expected to be between €8,250 million and €8,950 million. The target figure for consolidated revenue remains in the range of €8,150 million to €8,650 million. The target range for adjusted EBIT is unchanged at €805 million to €875 million. Free cash flow is expected to be in a range between €380 million and €480 million. The target figure for ROCE is in the range of 9.0 per cent to 10.0 per cent.
Order intake in the Industrial Trucks & Services segment is expected to be between €6,250 million and €6,450 million. The target figure for revenue is in the range of €6,050 million to €6,250 million. The target range for adjusted EBIT is €685 million to €720 million.
Order intake in the Supply Chain Solutions segment is expected to be between €2,000 million and €2,500 million. The target figure for revenue is in the range of €2,100 million to €2,400 million. The target range for adjusted EBIT is €190 million to €225 million.