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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

pact from a decline in Coffee volume. Snacks volume increased high-single digits driven by Pringles Stix and Extreme Flavors initiatives in North America. Pet Care volume increased mid-single digits due to the expansion of Iams Dog ProActive Health and Iams Cat Healthy Naturals in North America and mid-teens growth in Western Europe. Coffee volume declined double-digits primarily due to reductions in trade inventory levels ahead of an upcoming product restage and higher price gaps versus branded competition after P&G took price increases to recover higher commodity costs. Net earnings increased six percent to $132 million for the quarter. Net earnings increased as sales growth and lower overhead and marketing spending as a percentage of net sales were partially offset by significantly higher commodity costs.

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-- Fabric Care and Home Care net sales increased 13 percent during the quarter to $6.1 billion. Volume grew four percent and was broad-based with growth in every region. Price increases added four percent to net sales and foreign exchange contributed six percent to sales growth. These were partially offset by a negative one percent mix impact primarily from shifts toward larger sizes in Fabric Care. Fabric Care volume was up mid-single digits due to solid growth on Tide, Ariel, Gain and Downy and continued success on the liquid laundry detergent compaction expansion in North America. Home Care volume grew high-single digits as a result of continued success of Febreze Candles and Air Effects initiatives and trade inventory increases prior to announced price increases on Dawn and Swiffer in North America. Volume in Batteries was up low-single digits behind mid-single digit growth in developing regions. Net earnings increased 11 percent to $843 million as strong sales growth, lower overhead and marketing expenses as a percentage of net sales and manufacturing cost savings projects more than offset higher commodity costs.

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