Weak markets in the Asia Pacific including lower volumes of aggregates sales in Australia have hit overall group sales and underlying profits of the world’s third largest manufacturer of cement and concrete.

In a statement released on Wednesday night (Australia time), Swiss company Holcim Ltd said difficult conditions across all product categories and regional markets throughout calendar 2013 caused overall revenue to drop by 6.8 percent across the group to 19.179 billion CHF ($A24.026 billion). Driving the decline was a 12.7 percent…