Earnings before interest and taxes (Ebit) was \u20ac12.5m, compared with \u20ac21m in the third quarter of 2017. The group\u2019s Ebit margin was 6.1%, compared with 9.1%. Vossloh says that along with sales development in China, negative currency translation effects were also responsible for the sales decline compared to the previous year. Ebit in the previous year was also significantly boosted by an impairment loss reversal in the customised modules division.\r\n\r\nSales for the first nine months were \u20ac623.2m compared with \u20ac683.2m in 2017, while Ebit declined significantly in the three quarters from \u20ac56.6m to \u20ac35.2m. The Ebit margin totalled 5.7%, compared with 8.3%.\r\n\r\nVossloh says orders worth a total of \u20ac684m were received in the first nine months, a 4.8% increase on the same period last year.