is the only country to exhibit strong annual growth of +30%, followed by improvement in the UK, which records +8% growth.
Other countries tracked by the Index, including Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands
in the fourth quarter. The gross margin was also lower than the year before due to mix effects.
In France revenue went down -1% to €131.0 million in the fourth quarter (Q4 2010: €132.8 million). The gross margin
declined in three markets, The Netherlands, France and Switzerland. Action to re-shape the group's businesses in France and Switzerland was taken to prepare them for a return to growth in 2011. The recession
improvement, with the year-on-year growth rates improving in the second quarter in France, Germany and the Netherlands. In Italy and Spain, the group continues to achieve strong year-on-year growth, despite
in the administrative and Professionals segment. As a result, the Dutch EBITA margin reached 6.4% compared with 6.8% in Q3 2010.
In France, a strong performance was maintained and the group continued to gain market
there in 2005.
In contrast, hiring plans from employers in countries such as Canada, the U.S., Norway and France, while generally positive, are more subdued and demonstrate the various speeds of recovery within