Although Alstom recorded a sharp drop in net profit from \u20ac3bn in 2015-16 to \u20ac289m in 2016-17, its net profit in 2015-16 mainly reflected the sale of its Energy business to GE.\r\nSales grew from \u20ac6.88bn in 2015-16 to \u20ac7.3bn in 2016-17 of which rolling stock accounts for \u20ac3.17bn, services \u20ac1.47bn, systems \u20ac1.29bn and signalling \u20ac1.38bn.\r\nOrders in Europe grew by 24% to \u20ac5.1bn, and by 40% in the Middle East to \u20ac4.1bn. Alstom did particularly well in the Americas, where its order intake jumped from \u20ac1.3bn in 2015-16 to \u20ac2.9bn in 2016-17 due partly to a supply-and-maintenance contract from Amtrak for high-speed trains. However, orders in Asia-Pacific dropped from \u20ac4.1bn in 2015-16, when Alstom signed an electric locomotive deal in India, to \u20ac600m in 2016-17.\r\nSignalling, systems and services represented 57% of sales in 2016-17, which Alstom says is in line with its 2020 objective of 60%. Systems sales increased by 27%, while signalling sales grew by 19% following the integration of GE Signalling into Alstom and projects in Britain and Canada. However, services sales were down slightly at \u20ac1.5bn due to an adverse foreign exchange impact on a British maintenance contract.\r\nAlstom says it maintained its spending on research and development at \u20ac248m in 2016-17, representing 3.4% of sales.\r\nAlstom recorded an adjusted Ebit of \u20ac421m in 2016-17, compared with \u20ac366m million the previous year. Alstom says its adjusted Ebit margin has been improving steadily, rising from 4.8% two years ago, to 5.3% for last fiscal year, and reaching 5.8% in 2016-17.\r\nAlstom says sales should grow organically by 5% per year by 2020, while adjusted Ebit margin should reach around 7% by 2020 driven by volume, its portfolio mix and the results of its 2020 strategy.