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P&G Reports Fourth Quarter EPS of $0.92 and Operating Profit Growth of 13%, Behind Balanced 5% Organic Sales and Volume Growth
Date:8/5/2008

due to negative impacts from the voluntary wet pet food recall in the U.S. Net earnings in Snacks, Coffee and Pet Care were flat at $477 million in 2008 as sales growth and lower overhead and marketing spending as a percentage of net sales were offset by higher commodity costs.

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-- Fabric Care and Home Care net sales in 2008 increased 11 percent to $23.8 billion behind six percent volume growth. Price increases added one percent and favorable foreign exchange added five percent to net sales growth. This was partially offset by a negative one percent mix impact primarily from disproportionate growth in developing regions and a shift toward large sizes in Fabric Care. Fabric Care volume increased mid-single digits behind growth in developing regions, the liquid laundry detergent compaction launch in North America and initiative activity on Tide, Gain, Ariel and Downy. Home Care volume was up mid-single digits due to double-digit growth in developing regions and high-teens growth of Febreze from the launch of Febreze Candles. Batteries volume was up mid-single digits behind double-digit growth in developing regions. Net earnings in Fabric Care and Home Care increased nine percent to $3.4 billion in 2008 as net sales growth and lower overhead spending as a percentage of net sales more than offset a commodity-driven decline in gross margin.

-- Baby Care and Family Care net sales increased nine percent in 2008 to $13.9 billion. Volume was up four percent, price increases contributed one percent and foreign exchange had a positive four percent impact on net sales. Organic volume and organic sales both grew eight percent. Baby Care volume was up high-single digits behind double-digit growth on Pampers. Family Care volume was down low-single digits due to a divestiture but was up high-single digits on an organic basis behind the Bounty and Charmin product restages. Net earnings in Baby Care and Family Care were up 20 percent to $1.7 bil
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