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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

set by the announced exits of the U.S. home appliance business and the Tassimo coffee appliance business. Net earnings increased 31 percent to $396 million for the quarter. Earnings grew behind sales growth, lower overhead spending as a percentage of net sales and high base period marketing spending to support Fusion expansion.

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-- Health Care net sales were up seven percent during the quarter to $3.6 billion. Sales growth was driven by two percent volume growth, six percent favorable foreign exchange and a one percent increase in pricing. This was partially offset by a negative two percent product mix impact driven primarily by lower volume on Prilosec OTC and disproportionate growth in developing regions. Feminine Care volume was up mid-single digits as double-digit growth on Always and Naturella was partially offset by the divestiture of the Adult Incontinence business in North East Asia. Feminine Care organic volume, which excludes the impacts of acquisitions and divestitures, was up high-single digits. Oral Care volume increased low-single digits primarily behind growth in Oral-B toothbrushes. Volume in Pharmaceuticals and Personal Health declined low-single digits as a double-digit decline in Prilosec OTC due to the loss of marketplace exclusivity more than offset high-single digit growth on Actonel and the addition of the Swiss Precision Diagnostics joint venture. Net earnings increased 15 percent for the quarter to $526 million as sales growth, lower overhead and marketing spending as a percentage of net sales and a lower tax rate more than offset higher commodity costs.

-- Snacks, Coffee and Pet Care net sales increased eight percent to $1.2 billion for the quarter. Net sales increased due to one percent volume growth, a six percent pricing impact from increases in Coffee and Pet Care prices and a four percent favorable foreign exchange impact. These were partially offset by a negative three percent product mix im
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