coatings and benefits from cost productivity and currency. These gains
were offset by lower volumes and the absence of a prior-year quarter
$16 million hurricane-related insurance recovery.
Electronic & Communication Technologies
-- Sales grew 12 percent to $1.0 billion and PTOI increased 41 percent to
$175 million, reflecting strong demand for refrigerants and
-- Sales grew 8 percent to $1.7 billion from continued strength in Asian
and European automotive and packaging materials markets.
-- PTOI increased 46 percent to $219 million in the quarter. Excluding a
$52 million significant item charge in the prior year, PTOI increased
8 percent. Sales improvement was partially offset by higher cost
ingredients and costs associated with manufacturing process
Safety & Protection
-- Sales were $1.4 billion, equal to the prior-year quarter. Excluding
the impact of a chemical business divestiture, sales grew 4 percent.
The impact of positive USD pricing and growth in emerging markets was
largely offset by lower volumes in U.S. construction markets.
-- PTOI was $272 million, down 7 percent reflecting lower volume, higher
costs associated with growth investments and the impact of a divested
Additional information on segment performance is available on the DuPont Investor Center website at http://www.dupont.com.
The company today reaffirmed its full-year 2008 earnings outlook of
$3.40 to $3.55 per share and its first half 2008 earnings outlook for
growth of about 10 percent, excluding significant items. The company also
said it continues to expect second quarter earnings of about $1.05 per
share. For the remainder of 2008, the company
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