Konica Minolta revealed solid Q2 trading as its software business readies for launch. For the three months ended 30 September, it reported sales of ¥488.1 billion ($4.28 billion), an increase of 5.7%. Pre-tax profit rose 9% on last year to ¥19 billion. By segment, sales in its Office arm rose 4% year on year to ¥146.5 billion. In Europe, its strategy for recovery paid off with both A3 colour models and total A3 sales volumes exceeding last year. Trading of A3 color models remained solid in the US, and A3 color sales doubled in China. Over at the Professional Print arm, sales rose 4% to ¥52.2 billion. Although this was slightly offset by constraints regarding marketing costs, the group said orders were on track for recovery.