XXXIV. Financial expense

The rise in interest expense relates primarily to the higher debt contracted to finance the acquisition of WDFE and Alpha Group and full control of Aldeasa. Alpha Group was acquired in 2007, but did not affect that year's financial expense to the full extent, as it was acquired in stages starting in the month of May. The net increase in financial expense as a result of borrowing to finance acquisitions in 2008 came to about €53m.

XXXIV. Financial expense