Thule Group reported vastly improved results for the first quarter of 2015. Sales increased by 27.1 percent to 1.37 billion Swedish kronor (€145.6m-$163.1m), although they went up by only 11.5 percent in local currencies, with lower growth in North America than in Europe and the rest of the world. The operating margin (Ebit) rose by 0.9 percentage points to 15.4 percent. Net earnings jumped by 184 percent to SEK 142 million (€15.1m-$16.9m). Sales went up by 23.2 percent in the Outdoor & Bags segment, with growth of 9.0 percent in local currencies. More in The Outdoor Industry Compass.