Total sales for April declined 11% year-on-year to $2.3 billion. Organic local-currency sales (which includes organic volume impacts and selling price changes) declined 12% while acquisitions, net of divestitures, increased sales by 3%. Foreign currency translation reduced sales by 2% year-on-year.
“April sales results were largely in line with month-to-date trends we discussed during our first quarter earnings call,” said Mike Roman, 3M chairman and CEO. “We remain focused on ensuring the health and safety of our employees, delivering for our customers and increasing production of much needed respirators as we fight this pandemic from all angles.”
Total sales grew 5% in Health Care, with declines of 5% in Consumer, 11% in Safety and Industrial, and 20% in Transportation and Electronics. Organic local-currency sales declined 3% in Consumer, 7% in Safety and Industrial, 10% in Health Care, and 18% in Transportation and Electronics.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact 3M’s businesses in several ways. 3M has continued to experience strong end-market demand specifically in personal safety, electronics (semiconductor and data center), general cleaning, food safety and biopharma filtration. At the same time, several other end markets have experienced significant weakness due to factors including social distancing and shelter-in-place mandates. These end markets include oral care, automotive OEM and aftermarket, general industrial, commercial solutions, and stationery and office.