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SMA Solar Slides Most in Month in Frankfurt on Decline in Sales

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June 21 (Bloomberg) -- SMA Solar Technology AG, Germany’s biggest solar company by market value, fell the most in almost a month in Frankfurt after forecasting a plunge in revenue.

SMA slid as much as 7.5 percent, the biggest intraday drop since May 24, after saying by e-mail today that second-quarter sales may be in a range of 240 million to 280 million euros ($370 million), compared with 429 million euros a year earlier.

The Niestetal-based producer of inverters used to convert energy from solar panels into power that can be transmitted on a grid plans to cut staffing to counter the slump. It’s in talks with its works council on cuts above those announced in October, spokeswoman Susanne Henkel said, confirming a Reuters report.

DPA reported the sales numbers late yesterday.

To contact the reporter on this story: Stefan Nicola in Berlin at snicola2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net

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