SanomaWSOY's operating profit for year 2002 will grow nearly 40% thus exceeding the estimate of 20% given in nine-months Interim Report, published on 7 November 2002. The improvement is due to increasing cost-efficiency and better than estimated sales in November and December. Group's net sales for 2002 will be EUR 2,357 million.

SanomaWSOY will publish its year-end statement of accounts for 2002 on 20 February 2003 at about 11.30.


Raija Kariola
Vice President
Investor Relations and Group Communications

Helsinki Exchanges
Principal media