Essilor International: Provisional Sales at September 30, 2001


PARIS, Oct. 18, 2001 (PRIMEZONE) -- Essilor International (Paris Stock Exchange:EF) today announced provisional consolidated sales for the first nine months of 2001 amounting to E1,560.9 million, representing a gain of 5.2% from the prior-year period.

On a comparable basis, the gain was 5%, reflecting a positive currency effect of 0.9% and a negative consolidation effect of 0.7%, with the acquisition of U.S. prescription-lens laboratories in 2000 offsetting disposal of the contact lens business in early 2001.

These results again demonstrate that Essilor is only marginally exposed to the effects of the global economic slowdown, thanks to the geographic spread of its risks and the continuous improvement of its product mix.

Barring unforeseen events, these fundamentals should be confirmed at year-end 2001.

   September 30, 2001    September 30, 2000       % Change
   E1,560.9 million      E1,483.4 million           5.2%



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