In the US, freight operators have started to make long-distance telephone calls. Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported an extensive and acute short supply of truckers in the country, leading companies to import drivers from as far away as South Africa. Meanwhile, global freight rates for container shipping have reached record levels, which are only showing signs of continuing their ascent.
Such developments are leaving quite the mark on many, not least Vestas, which in Wednesday's second-quarter interim report booked a guidance downgrade on both revenue and operating result, now projected to hit an adjusted earnings margin before interest and taxes of 5-7 percent against the prior interval of 6-8 percent. In the worst-case scenario, this could cut roughly a half-billion euros off the bottom line.
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