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DuPont Reports First Quarter Earnings Growth of Over 20 Percent
Date:4/22/2008

nificant item charge, segment PTOI increased 13 percent.

PRE-TAX OPERATING INCOME

Three Months Ended March 31, 2008

% Change vs.

(Dollars in millions) 2008 2007 2007

Agriculture & Nutrition $786 $651 21

Coatings & Color Technologies 190 194 (2)

Electronic & Communication

Technologies 175 124 41

Performance Materials* 219 150 46

Safety & Protection 272 291 (7)

Total Growth Platforms 1,642 1,410 16

Pharmaceuticals 235 225 4

Other (26) (56) NA

Total Segments $1,851 $1,579 17

* 1st quarter 2007 includes a significant item charge of $52.

The following are business segment highlights comparing first quarter 2008 results to first quarter 2007.

Agriculture & Nutrition

-- Sales increased $433 million, or 18 percent, to $2.9 billion,

reflecting strong global demand favoring seed technology and crop

protection products.

-- PTOI increased 21 percent to $786 million, reflecting increased sales

of higher value products net of planned growth investments and higher

input costs.

Coatings & Color Technologies

-- Sales increased 6 percent to $1.6 billion as weakness in North American

motor vehicle and construction markets was more than offset by higher

USD selling price outside North America.

-- PTOI was $190 million compared with $194 million in the prior-year

quarter. PTOI reflects pricing gains in refinish and i
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