Performance by geographic cluster
In 2014, sales declined 1% on a comparable basis (-3% nominally largely attributable due to unfavorable foreign exchange impacts) mainly due to Healthcare and Lighting.
Sales in mature geographies were EUR 318 million lower than in 2013, or 1% lower on a comparable basis. Sales in Western Europe were 1% lower than in 2013, with declines at Healthcare and Lighting partly offset by growth at Consumer Lifestyle. Sales in North America declined by EUR 205 million, or 2% on a comparable basis. Comparable sales in other mature geographies showed a 1% decline, with growth at Healthcare and Consumer Lifestyle offset by a decline at Lighting and IG&S.
In growth geographies, sales declined by EUR 281 million mainly due to unfavorable foreign exchange impacts and were flat on a comparable basis, with high-single-digit growth at Consumer Lifestyle offset by a decline at Healthcare and Lighting. Strong growth was achieved in India and Middle East & Turkey, while decline was seen in China and Russia & Central Asia.
|1)||For a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measures, see Reconciliation of non-GAAP information|