In Asia, demand has slowed significantly for us with year-over-year sales down 14% in the second quarter. The impact on Timken is greater than for the economy as a whole, given our exposure to infrastructure markets and especially wind. We now anticipate the second half will not rebound as we have previously expected.Turning to Europe. Our revenues dropped by 8% in the second quarter, a distinct change from the first quarter of the year. This is another market where we've now scaled back our expectations for recovery in the second half of the year. As a direct result of lower market expectations, we reduced our estimate of earnings for the balance of the year. I would like to point out that our current outlook, which we shared in today's earnings release, will result in 2012 annual earnings, beating a record for the company. We continue to take actions to grow the company and to strengthen its performance.
Timken Management Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
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