6. Costs for services, leases and rentals €/000 107,393

Below is a breakdown of this item:

  1st half of 2013 1st half of 2012 Change
In thousands of Euros
Employee costs 8,068 10,831 (2,763)
External maintenance and cleaning services 3,874 3,694 180
Energy. telephone and telex 10,927 10,797 130
Postal expenses 254 313 (59)
Commissions payables 446 465 (19)
Advertising and promotion 12,466 16,152 (3,686)
Technical. legal and tax consultancy and services 12,890 12,824 66
Company boards operating costs 1,247 1,201 46
Insurance 1,804 1,876 (72)
Outsourced manufacturing 8,551 10,804 (2,253)
Transport costs and spare parts 17,136 20,934 (3,798)
Sundry commercial expenses 5,214 8,086 (2,872)
Expenses for public relations 1,496 2,043 (547)
Product warranty costs 4,370 8,281 (3,911)
Quality-related events 1,312 1,312
Bank costs and factoring charges 2,696 2,942 (246)
Costs for leases and rentals 7,797 9,385 (1,588)
Other 4,825 8,741 (3,916)
Insurance from related parties 25 25 0
Services from related parties 1,115 1,035 80
Costs for leases and rentals of related parties 880 883 (3)
Total costs for services 107,393 131,312 (23,919)

The decrease was mainly due to the reduction in the volume of activities.
The saving of €/000 1,588 in costs for leases and rentals is due to the concentration of spare parts at the new warehouse, which made it possible to close other logistics warehouses rented in Italy and France. Costs for leases and rentals include lease rentals for business properties of €/000 3,594, as well as lease payments for car hire, computers and photocopiers.
The item “Other” includes costs for temporary work of €/000 695.